Former Patron Hon. Richard Marles makes a visit to our Six Mile library

Buk bilong Pikinini welcomed our patron for 2012, Hon. Richard Marles - Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection to our Six Mile library in Port Moresby on Wednesday the 29th of April.

The visit was opportunity for the Shadow Minister to witness the progress Buk bilong Pikinini has made since 2012 to create valuable learning opportunities for PNG’s most vulnerable children. The Shadow Minister took turns with 5 year old Bodger to read a story to the children and families coming to our Six Mile library.

Hon. Richard Marles said: “It is wonderful to be back here and learn first-hand about the terrific opportunities Buk bilong Pikinini is giving children and also adults in PNG. This program is very dear to my heart and I am so pleased it has given so many in PNG the chance to become literate and enjoy reading.” 


Book launch and celebration with Theodist

Buk bilong Pikinini would like to thank Theodist for becoming a Gold Sponsor of the organisation and for hosting a book launch to introduce our first books. Theodist is Port Moresby's largest stationary company and has provided funding for BbP since 2012 and has also assisted us with the development of our colourful range of merchandise (pencils, pencil cases and book bags). The books are now on sale at Theodist. (

The books launched are entitled "Our Village: Tatana Island" and "Buk bilong Koki Markets" and are aimed at providing more exciting books for budding readers and children with lower literacy levels. The books have been developed with the amazing support of celebrated Australian Author and Illustrator Alison Lester ( and Publisher Andrew Kelly of WildDog books (

These book are the first in a series, which will be developed by Buk bilong Pikinini in partnership with PNG children, authors and illustrators, to ensure that more culturally appropriate books are available on the shelves of BbP libraries. 

Pictured above left is Eric (5 years old), who has learnt to read at our library on Tatana Island. Eric read the whole book to the media and invited guests. Above right is PNG's First Lady Mrs. Lynda Babao-O'Neill with her son Paddy. Pictured below left are excited children at our Tatana library seeing themselves in a book for the first time. Below right the great people of Theodist with Mrs. O'Neill.

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Annual Training a great success

Buk bilong Pikinini held its first 2015 training sessions in January and Teacher-Librarians from Port Moresby and Provincial libraries attended the two week programme. The Teacher-Librarians were updated and trained on new changes to the BbP syllabus and received new and exciting materials developed by the Education Team to ensure continued enhanced learning outcomes.

The teachers were made familiar with the new Child Rights Policy, Human Resource Policy, media policies and upcoming events. The training was well received by the teachers who enjoyed all the topics covered and also had a great time with all the activities. See our Facebook page for lots of pictures.

Hon. Julie Bishop launches books at BbP Library

On the 18th of December 2014, Australia's Foreign Minister - Hon. Julie Bishop - visited Buk bilong Pikinini's second library in Goroka to launch books.

The books entitled "Maria's family saves their Kina" and "Maria's family goes to Market written in both Tok Pisin and English and have been written to help improve women's basic literacy. More than 4400 of these books will be donated to schools and community groups through the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research ACIAR.

It was also an opportunity for the Minister to see the children in action and meet Buk bilong Pikinini staff and children. Isabel Michell, the niece of Hon. Julie Bishop has been volunteering for BbP at the Goroka library and was delighted to introduce everyone to the minister.

The Australian Foreign Minister was accompanied by a large delegation of Australian Parliamentarians, the Australian High Commissioner and Governor Soso of Goroka.

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