Buk bilong Pikinini opened its first library on Manus Island on the 19th of June. The library is located in Lorengau at the Manus University Centre and is sponsored by the Bank of South Pacific, Australian Aid and long-term BbP donors. The land has been donated by the Manus Island District Administration through their Education Division.
The library has been greatly anticipated by the surrounding communities, who are looking forward to benefitting from this valuable community service. Manus Island has traditionally been a place where education has been highly valued and most children have had the opportunity to go to school. However, in recent years literacy levels have been on the decline and access to high quality literacy materials has been very minimal. It is part of Buk bilong Pikinini’s mission to put a strong focus on Early Childhood Learning as a key to literacy. Reaching children from an early age has a huge impact on development and subsequent academic performance as well as their opportunities in life.
Buk bilong Pikinini is greatly looking forward to serving the children from the Ward 5 community where the library is located. So far 30 young children have been enrolled to attend literacy, numeracy and awareness classes during school hours and to enjoy the more than 3000 books available on the shelves. School children will be able to come and enjoy the library and borrow books.