The second BbP library in the Eastern Highlands Province was opened on 14 April 2014. Once again, conveniently located on the campus grounds of the University of Goroka, this library serves the children from the surrounding communities, specifically the “Down Under” settlement and the Okiufa community which is located close by.
Scope of learning:
Since opening, over 30 children have enrolled for the Literacy, Numeracy and Awareness classes and, with more than 300 books on the shelves, these children have hours of fun and reading ahead of them.
This second Goroka library is sponsored by our long-term donors, Bank of South Pacific.
Robin Fleming – Group CEO of BSP said: “ BSP remains committed in our support of the outstanding work that Buk bilong Pikinini does and we are proud that our sponsorship can help to establish pathways to education and literacy for children, our future leaders of Papua New Guinea. This Goroka library opening will officially be our second from a commitment of seven. We hope to have another three underway in Manus Island as well as at Gerehu and Gordons Markets in Port Moresby constructed and launched in 2014.”
Luke Ebbs – Buk bilong Pikinini – Executive Officer said: “ Two organisations in PNG are taking a leading role in providing early childhood literacy and learning across the country: Buk bilong Pikinini and the University of Goroka. Through the support of BSP, I am delighted that BbP and UoG have the opportunity to join forces through the establishment of our 14th children’s library within a short walking distance of the UoG School of Early Childhood. Together, we will make a formidable team in the fight against illiteracy across PNG.”
Beverlynne Wangillen, Regional libraries Manager said: “ The opening of another BbP library is another giant leap that this organization is taking to help reduce rates of illiteracy in PNG. We would like to say a big thank you to BSP and our long-term donors for giving us the opportunity to establish this library and the UoG Administration for the provision of land for us to operate on. Working in partnership is the way forward for development”.
Buk bilong Pikinini also took this occasion to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Goroka for the land as well as with the Melanesian Institute, which has kindly provided office space for our Regional Coordinator and Austraining Volunteer, Isabel Michell.
Our precious children and teacher-librarians:
Fitzola Steven, 6 years old, who learned to read at BbP's first Goroka library, read a book for all the invited guests.
Buk bilong Pikinini also took this occasion to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Goroka for the land as well as with with the Melanesian Institute, which has kindly provided office space for our Regional Coordinator and Austraining Volunteer Isabel Michell.
This library is sponsored by: