Happy New Year!

The ever growing Buk bilong Pikinini family wishes you a Happy New Year! Thank you for all your support in 2012 - it was a big year for BbP in many ways - we had 131,182 visits to our 10 libraries. It will be exciting to see what 2013 will bring! This picture is from the January 2013 staff training where all the components of this years programme and syllabus has been laid out. See more from all the latest on our facebook page

Lynda O'Neill visits our 6 Mile library

Buk bilong Pikinini was delighted to have a visit by Mrs. Lynda O'Neill, a local business woman but also the wife of PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

The children made presentations and sang to welcome our special visitors and Lucinda (above left), a child who has been attending the 6 Mile library for a couple of years now, read a speech she had written with her teacher Agnes.

Mrs. O'Neill was accompanied by her son Brian and greatly enjoyed the little presentations made by the children in the library. On the picture to the right, Lusen 5 years, one of our success stories, is reading a Christmas story showing off his most excellent reading skills.

Mrs. O'Neill also visited our library at Hohola during disability week and has met up with Elizabeth Omeri, our Literacy Awareness and Cross-Cutting Issues Coordinator, for a full briefing of the Buk bilong Pikinini mission.



Buk bilong Pikinini opens library number 10!

Milestone library opens in Alotau!

Buk bilong Pikinini has entered into double digits with the opening of our 10th library on Friday the 7th of December!

This library is located in Rabe village just outside Alotau in Milne Bay Province and is the largest one yet. The library is sponsored by Julius Violaris of Nawae Constructions, who has also built the Christina Violaris Learning Centre in honor of his late mother in the same building, and which will be focusing on adult learning.

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Buk bilong Pikinini is currently working on the first library to be established for BSP in Lae, Morobe Province. The remaining six libraries will be placed in Goroka, Kokopo, Madang. Port Moresby, Wewak and Manus.

This is what Ian Clyne, General Manager of BSP, had to say about the partnership with BbP:

"We are previleged to be supporting Buk Bilong Pikinini and the wonderful work they do in empowering and educating children who are the future of this nation. By working and supporting each local community, and organisations such as Buk Bilong Pikinini we also encourage active participation and social responsibility, so children and young people grow up to become responsible adults.

BSP is committed to supporting quality grassroots initiatives with sustainable outcomes and does so through supporting partnerships with community organisations and charities in four core areas: Heath & Wellbeing, Sustainability and Environment, Rural and Regional Communities as well as Education and Employment."

Buk bilong Pikinini is quite certain that the children coming to these libraries in the future will be working extra hard on their numeracy skills ...