In December 2009 we opened our first library outside Port Moresby in Lae, Morobe Province – specifically situated on Bumbu Road in Eriku.
After the shocking discovery that there were hardly any books to be found in Lae, we knew that setting up a Buk bilong Pikinini library here would be an instant success. The reading, writing and linguistic capabilities of the children in Lae were extremely low or non-existent in some children when we set up the library. Most children were unable to speak English, which is used to teach in all schools in Papua New Guinea, and unable to read or write in English or Pidgin.
Scope of learning:
At the time of opening the library, almost all the children, some of them being over 10 years old, could not write their own names. The teacher-librarians had a mammoth task ahead of them and today all of the children who are regular attendees of the school, are not only able to read and write their names but are also reading and writing simple sentences, recognising high frequency words and read, write and speak basic English. The more advanced children are also reading independently, writing short stories and some are reading books written for ages 12 and up.
These remarkable improvements make Lae one of our most successful libraries.
This library is sponsored by our Platinum Founder Sponsor, Steamships Ltd., which is also the sponsor of our Lawes Road and Goroka libraries and holds a position on the Buk bilong Pikinini Board of Directors.
Our precious children and teacher-librarians:
Ian B. Clyne (pictured above) said: “Our decision to support Buk Bilong Pikinini (BbP) 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.
The newly established BSP Children's Foundation will fund construction of seven BbP libraries over the next five year period. These will be based in Lae, Goroka, Madang, Port Moresby, Wewak, Lorengau and Kokopo. 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 opportunity.”
Bart Philemon (pictured below) said; "Human capital formation is the basic building block for any nation building.Early childhood development is completely an important part of this process as seen in those developed countries that have sustained high degree of prosperity.In this regard I commend Buk Bilong Pikinini for rolling out the 11th children library in Lae.It is also pleasing to note that our leading bank,the Bank of South Pacific has joined forces with Buk Bilong Pikinini through it's BSP Children Foundation in common pursuit in enabling Papua New Guinean children to foster love for reading and learning."
To the left Bart Philomen with Begal Nia our Regional Coordinator. Joanne Grenenger with Julie Fraser, from the BSP team.
This library is sponsored by: