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PNG Authors' Seminar

Buk bilong Pikinini promotes writing for children in Papua New Guinea.

In order to encourage Papua New Guineans to put pen to paper to share their wonderful stories, Buk bilong Pikinini held an Authors’ Seminar from the 5-7th of May 2014 and has sponsored a children’s writing category within the 2014 Crocodile Awards. Papua New Guinea is a country with a remarkable story-telling tradition, yet hardly any children’s books are being written and published by local authors. 

Over 70 participants gathered at the lovely Paddy's hotel in Port Moresby on the 5-7th of May to attend the Authors’ Seminar. Award winning children’s books Author and Illustrator Alison Lester shared her amazing talent for illustrating and painting - which was greatly enjoyed by all and resulted in the production of a PNG ABC book! Great discussions took place about the importance of children's books, story telling and publishing. The authors were given an opportunity to read their material to children at our Koki markets library. The seminar was bursting with energy and motivation thanks to the great contributions from Andrew Kelly from Wilddog publishing, Amanda Donigi of Stella Magazine, Author Drusilla Modeska, Steven Winduo of UPNG and Russell Jackson of Birdwing Publishing. All the participants were presented with a Certificate of Participation at the end of the seminar and are all looking forward to another seminar next year. 

Buk bilong Pikinini wishes to be able to stock its library shelves with books written and illustrated by Papua New Guineans, to inspire the children, coming to our libraries, to want to pick up books that relate to their lives and tell stories based on their own cultural heritage. Many children in urban settlements currently miss out on valuable life stories traditionally told by their Bubus or village elders. These stories constitute an important ingredient in creating a cultural identity. We hope to have inspired all our participants to get their stories written - the deadline for submissions for the Crocodile Awards is the 30th. of June! We cannot wait to see what you can come up with. See our Facebook page for more pictures.

 

 

New agreement signed with UN women, NCDC and BSP

Buk bilong Pikinini and the Bank of South Pacific to build Libraries through the United Nation's Safe Cities Project

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed to enable the establishment of two libraries under the Safe Cities Project. Representatives from Bank South Pacific (BSP) together with United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women), National Capital District Commission (NCDC), and Buk Bilong Pikinini (BbP) signed the MOU on the 27th of March. 

BSP Group Chief Executive Officer Robin Fleming said the bank’s decision to support is simple - to help improve literacy rates in PNG by developing a culture of reading from early childhood. 

 “BbP has embarked on a noble plan to establish libraries and learning centres regionally to promote and encourage the passion to read. BSP is privileged to partner with BbP to promote education among children, and ultimately play a part in improving access to education in PNG, because like BbP our focus is on the children and youth of our country. This partnership is a long term commitment by BSP to ensure that our children harness the necessary skill of reading as part of their development as the future leaders of PNG. Our children are our future and we must give them hope, health and opportunities,” he said. 

 "However, sadly most public libraries have shut down and literacy rates have been on the decline, but there there is hope, as BbP an independent charity organisation has moved to change this, embarking on setting up libraries to promote and assist children in finding the passion to read,"he added.

Under the MOU, the two libraries will be located at Gerehu and Gordons markets, which are generally known to be very unsafe areas.

Buk bilong Pikinini is looking forward to working with UN team, the National Capital District and the Bank of South Pacific to establish libraries in locations which are now made safe for women and girls. According to UN research it is very important to create these safe areas as "over half of women market vendors in PNG have to bring their children to the market as many of the children do not attend school. Women in PNG suffer disproportionately from poverty an experience major barriers to participation in their communities due to low levels of literacy and education, high incidence of domestic violence and poorer access to health services."

It has always been Buk bilong Pikinini's goal to serve the most vulnerable children in Papua New Guinea and we are grateful for the opportunity to be able to do so in partnership with BSP, NCDC and the UN.

 

 

 

Our new Executive Officer

Buk bilong Pikinini is proud to introduce Luke Ebbs as our new Executive Officer. Luke succeeds Joanne Grenenger, who we hope will stay with BbP in another capacity. Luke has already proven his dedication to the organisation and has so much to offer to an ever growing BbP.

Luke: "I first joined BbP as a volunteer on a 6-month assignment in 2011. After my first week with the organisation, I had already started making arrangements to stay longer. After two-and-a-half years as a volunteer, it gives me great pride and satisfaction to now be leading a passionate team of Papua New Guineans in pursuit of an ambitious and noble goal - to foster a love of reading and learning, raise children's aspirations and increase literacy rates in PNG."

BbP and World Vision sign an agreement with the Ranuguri Segani Community

Buk bilong Pikinini and World Vision has signed an agreement with the Ranuguri Segani Community to establish a library within this Port Moresby settlement. The Ranuguri Segani Community is a settlement of more than 3500 people originating from Gulf Province. Most of the school age children living in this very poor Port Moresby settlement are not enrolled at school and do not have access to any learning opportunities at all. 

Buk bilong Pikinini is in partnership with World Vision to establish 4 children’s libraries inside Port Moresby Settlements. The first library was built in 2013 and is located inside Evedahana Primary School. The second library is under construction at ATS, Oro Community. The choice of location was based on research carried out by world vision and Buk bilong Pikinini to determine the communities which would be most in need of this vital community service. Buk bilong Pikinini and World Vision expects the ATS library to open in May and Ranuguri Segani Library later this year.

Mary Amua , Project Coordinator of Buk bilong Pikinini said; “It is wonderful to see such proactive community getting the land ready to receive this library and we are very much looking forward to working with the Ranuguri Segani community to provide valuable learning opportunities.” 

Present at the signing were; Community Leader, Mr Peter Koipa, Community Chairperson, Chris Kevin, World POMCCE Project Coordinator, Ms Agnes Tal, Buk bilong Pikinini Founder Anne-Sophie Hermann, Luke Ebbs, BbP Executive Officer and Mary Amua, BbP Project Coordinator.