Buk bilong Pikinini is proud to announce that we have a new Patron - Bart Philemon - former Treasurer in the PNG government and former member for Lae. BbP is trying to establish a network of support in both PNG and Australia of prominent and highly respected citizens who can help us to achieve our goals. BbP currently has H.E. Charles Lepani - PNG High Commissioner to Australia and Hon. Richard Marles - Minister for Pacific Islands Affairs; both very supportive and active Patrons.
This is what Mr. Philomen has to say about Buk bilong Pikinini and education in PNG:
"I am very pleased to be given the honor by the Buk bilong Pikinini to be one of its Patrons. I hope that during my term as Patron I can make positive contribution to Its future development.
The initial launching of this independent charity organisation in 2007 was a step taken in the right direction to provide early childhood learning. It is contributing in a small way towards filling a huge gap in the provision of educational services in PNG in particular focusing on the provision of libraries in selected areas in PNG. It is a sad fact that over 40% of our population are illiterate. Universal primary education is one of the United Nation's Millenium Development Goals which PNG together with other UN Member nations signed 12 years ago. PNG to date is performing so badly that it will not be able to achieve these Goals by 2015. The creation of Buk bilong Pikinini fits perfectly into these larger scheme of our dervelopment goals. We know that education is a vital road map in any nations building. It is a key that opens many doors.It is a light that enable one to find ones way in life
I take the opportunity to congratulate all those who had the vision to start and are leading in the development of Buk bilong Pikinini and I am very happy to be invited to ride on the back of its success so far."
BbP is very much looking forward to be working with Bart Philemon who has all the right qualities we could want in a Patron. Please view the interview by clicking on the link below where the former minister talks about leadership, education and the challenges faced in Papua New Guinea.