A Library Learning Centre for Hagara Primary School

Buk bilong Pikinini opened a Library Learning Centre on the 13th of March, 2018 inside Hagara Primary School in Hanuabada village, Port Moresby.

The Library Learning Centre has been greatly anticipated by the school, which has not had a library for more than 40 years and surrounding communities, who are looking forward to benefiting from the literacy programs Buk bilong Pikinini has to offer.
Hanuabada village is located right in the city and has one of the oldest schools in Port Moresby yet access to high quality literacy materials has been very difficult. Buk bilong Pikinini has already made a number of book donations to the school but decided to re-locate its Lawes Road Library Learning Centre to the school in order to make sure more children gain access to books and literacy programs.

Buk bilong Pikinini has had support from Steamships since 2009 and have built three libraries together, which have provided valuable learning opportunities for thousands of children. The first library was opened at Lawes Road Port Moresby in 2009, the second later in the year in Lae, Eriku and the third in Goroka at the Bird of Paradise Hotel in 2010.
Buk bilong Pikinini programs provide children with an opportunity to become literate in English before going to school, get a good start on their numeracy, learn about their country’s history and culture and gain important awareness about health and hygiene. This provides the children with a solid base for starting school and allow them to excel compared with those children who have not had access to an early childhood program. PNG schools are currently struggling with overcrowded classrooms and it can be very difficult to learn in such an environment.

Tehila Anthony, now 10 years old attended BbP’s Early Childhood Literacy program at the Eriku Library Centre in Lae in 2012-2013. Tehila (pictured above right) is currently the Dux of her school and has won many academic awards and loves to read. Many more children who have attended BbP’s programs over the years have very similar stories to tell and are grateful to Steamships for having provided such a valuable service to their community.
Kaupa Wemin, now 18 years old and enrolled at KilaKila Secondary School in Port Moresby learnt to read as a 13 year old at BbP’s Library Learning Centre at Lawes Road in 2010-2011 before the TFF was introduced. He thanks BbP and Steamships for having given him this chance in life of becoming literate and being able to enrol at school and get an education.
"Steamships Commercial Manager, Richard Gould, had this to say at the opening ceremony; "Steamships places great value on its long relationship with Buk Bilong Pikinini. Through the direct support of the company libraries have been opened in Port Moresby, Lae and Goroka, and thousands of children have been provided with the opportunity to learn to read. The relocation of the Lawes Road library to Hagara Primary School is an exciting development that creates a new sustainable partnership and will enable more children to gain access to books and literacy programs."
The Steamships’ Community Grants Program supports not-for-profit organisations and initiatives that deliver impactful, measurable, innovative and sustainable results to the people of Papua New Guinea in a manner that improves community wellbeing.  The Program is deliberately targeted at health, education, and social welfare issues, with a focus on women, children and the most marginalized citizens of the country.
In response, Chairman of Hagara Elementary School Dadi Toka Jr said “ Hanuabada has a very rich historical association with Steamships, and we’re pleased to be able to announce yet another partnership with such a long standing Papua New Guinean company. The library will bring enormous benefit to the young people of our community, and we also thank Buk bilong Pikinini for their partnership”.

Anne-Sophie Hermann, BbP Founder and Chair said:
“Thanks to Steamships generous support since 2009, Buk bilong Pikinini has been able to provide thousands of children in Port Moresby, Lae and Gokora with an opportunity to become literate. This is a true gift to families and communities across the country, who can now know that their children have had the best possible start and support for their on-going education. Buk bilong Pikinini is grateful to Steamships for the support for our Library Learning Centres and programs, which allow children to become literate at the age of 5, develop a love of lifelong reading and to excel at school.”



BbP children celebrate Independence Day


Children in libraries across PNG came dressed in traditional costumes or flag colours to celebrate the 42nd year of independence on the 15th of September 2017. On the program was singing the national anthem, dancing, tattooing and learning about customs and cultures from different provinces of PNG. Parents and communities were able to witness cultural mini shows around the libraries and enjoy the celebrations.



Partnership with the National Library and Archives


On the 7th of September 2017, (during Literacy Week) BbP held a community event at our 6 Mile library to announce our intention to partner. 

According to the Director General of the National Library and Archives, Mr. Kaikato Kasi - "there is a need to revive or re-establish 89 district libraries, 1300 school libraries and 23 public libraries. The organization now has a ten year plan called the National Library, Archives and Records Services 10 year strategic Plan 2016 to 2025. The plan focuses on reviving or restoring all library and archival services in all provinces even reaching down to the district and community levels.

In the past (before 1985) the country used to have public libraries throughout the country but when the Law on Organic Law on Provincial and Local Level Government came into force it transferred all the functions from the national level to provincial Government. By then most of the services collapsed but only six survived. The national archive only has a branch in one province (Lae, Morobe Province)." Mr. Kasi also said that: "Buk bilong Pikinini is doing a tremendous job and will be a strong partner in this plan."

Buk bilong Pikinini has already embarked on a plan of its own to help re-establish school libraries and has also established 17 children's community libraries. There is a huge demand for books and literacy materials and BbP donates more than 50,000 books per annum - packed in library kits - to school libraries upon request. BbP is looking forward to a partnership to re-stock as many school and community libraries as possible.



Literacy Week 2017


Buk bilong Pikinini was fortunate to be able to hold four events, produce a TV advertisement about the importance of reading, create educational merchandise for the children and libraries thanks to our Literacy Week sponsor ExxonMobil PNG. Our theme for 2017 is "Reading: It makes a world of difference" and we have celebrated with a multi cultural theme to teach the children about the world around them

We held two events to thank our donors where the children demonstrated their literacy skills and had fun testing our donors knowledge about continents and countries. The children had great fun playing with globes, doing educational activities and singing "It's a small world".

Bbp was also able to hold a 'Meet the Author' event with Iriani Wanma at our Book shop at Theodist where invited children took part in a colouring-in and word search competition based on "Oa the grasshopper and Kaipa the caterpillar".

In order to highlight the importance of libraries and access to books and literacy materials in PNG, BbP held an event with the National Libraries and Archives to announce our upcoming partnership to re-establish public and school libraries across PNG.

Thank you to our Literacy Week partner ExxonMobil PNG for sponsoring our activities again this year.