Buk bilong Pikinini opened its 11th library on the campus grounds of Lae Unitech, Morobe Province on 26 February 2013. Once again the location is ideal as this library serves the surrounding community as well as the children of students and staff at the Unitech. The community from the neighbouring Madang compound (settlement) welcomed Buk bilong Pikinini and its sponsor, Bank of South Pacific, with Tolai traditional dancing to modern music and one little student, Tehila Amban, read a book for everyone. Invited guests at the opening of our Lae 2 library included Hon. Loujaya Toni, Minister for Community Development, Bart Philomen, BbP patron and former member for Lae and Ian Clyne, CEO of Bank of South Pacific, our sponsor. The event turned out to be a very green one as both BbP and BSP have green logos!
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BbP has been very fortunate to attract sponsorship from large organisations like BSP and many others which have enabled us to complete our mission in all our libraries to date – and with great success.
Bart Philemon 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’s 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 its BSP Children’s Foundation in common pursuit in enabling Papua New Guinean children to foster love for reading and learning."
Ian B. Clyne 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.”
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