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Jolly Phonics and Buk bilong Pikinini

Buk bilong Pikinini aims to foster a love for reading among children that will hopefully last a lifetime. In order to do this, we need to
make the learning process fun and exciting. Jolly Phonics is now going to help us to achieve this. The Jolly Phonics course is designed to be visual, tactile, and aural, so children are applying all their senses in developing their literacy skills. It also ties in nicely with Buk bilong Pikinini's syllabus.
 
Our librarians follow a structured program that includes guided reading, writing, arts and crafts activities and much more. Similarly, the Jolly Phonics programme employs readers, writing exercises, arts and crafts ideas, and other fun games and activities to teach children the basics of
reading, writing and speaking. The Jolly Phonics programme complements our specially adapted syllabus and helps us work towards our goal of getting children reading!
 
Children at the Buk bilong Pikinini libraries, here in Lae, are learning with Jolly Phonics.
   
 
 

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Staff Training

Buk bilong Pikinini ran its first ever week-long annual training programme in January this year. In total, 27 of our staff attended the
programme, including our librarians from Goroka, Lae and Alotou. 
 
The training programme was filled with new ideas, teaching strategies and improvements for 2012. Some of the focus areas included:

- Phonics training
- Classroom Management
- Teaching Virtues
- Using library resources
- Arts and Craft ideas
- Awareness raising
- Monitoring and Evaluation

Phonics was a major focus of the training. Our main goal as a library is to get books into the hands of children who need them the most.
However, in order to get the most out of books, we recognize that we need to get children reading. So, using the Jolly Phonics Course as a
reference, Buk bilong Pikinini designed and introduced a new phonics syllabus for allthe libraries. After introducing the new material at the training programme, all our librarians are now becoming well acquainted with thenew phonics syllabus, and we are already seeing results in the
libraries.
 
The training course also focused on encouraging the librarians to share ideas. All of our librarians have their own unique ideas and
teaching strategies. However, with nine libraries spread across Port Moresby, Goroka, Lae and Alatou, they rarely all get a chance to sit
down and talk about their individual strengths and weaknesses. The training programme provided an invaluable opportunity for librarians to
share and learn from each other. Each librarian is sure to return to their respective library with new ideas they have learned from their
colleagues.

We were also lucky to have external facilitators visit the Koki Library to deliver training sessions to our staff. We had Amy
Phillips, a former teacher at Ela Murray International, come anddeliver a talk on how to organize books and readers into reading
levels. We were also lucky to have brilliant facilitators from Colgate Palm Olive and the RSPCA to come and talk to our librarians about
delivering messages on oral hygiene and animal rights to young children. NASFUND and Westpac also delivered some very useful advice
to our staff on super and banking.

The children attending sessions in Buk bilong Pikini libraries are sure to benefit greatly from the new changes
introduced and fantastic ideas shared throughout the week.