Our Libraries

Lae 1

Beginnings:
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.

Our sponsors:
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:

Lawes Road

 

Leanne Reading to the children

 


Beginnings:
The motivation for the third BbP library at Lawes Road was the location, which is next to the Lawes Road General Health Clinic, Family Health International Centre for STD’s, Hope Worldwide, as well as the settlement of Newtown.  This meant that there were always children around looking for ways to keep occupied whilst parents were busy at the clinics and what better way to do that than to educate them through sharing the love of books! Prior to the opening of this library in July 2009 by Dame Caro Kidu and our Steamship Ltd sponsors, these community children were hanging around and completely ignored by the education system.

Scope of learning:
The Lawes road library has since the opening attracted large numbers of children each day. Shortly after opening Lawes Road, BbP put the new literacy and numeracy based syllabus in place and these children took to the programme very positively. Within a few months of opening this library, the teachers noticed a vast improvement in the children’s reading and writing capabilities.
At this library the children also greatly enjoy puzzles and games - a welcome relief from life in the settlement.

Our sponsors:
Our sponsor at the Lawes Road Library is Steamships Ltd.
http://www.steamships.com.pg/

Our precious children and teacher-librarians:

Six Mile

Beginnings:
The fourth Buk bilong Pikinini library was opened in November 2009 for the community of Six Mile. Once again, we chose a location that is close to public access areas like the Police Station, Health Clinic and opposite the Six Mile markets.

Scope of learning:
Keeping in line with our mission, our Six Mile library was officially opened by highly respected member of the community, Sir Paulius Matane, Governor General of Papua Guinea from 2004 to 2010. Sir Matane himself only learned to read and write at the age of 17 and has since authored over 40 books – what better inspiration for the young minds that we teach on a daily basis! Sir Matane remains a strong advocate for increasing literacy rates in Papua New Guinea and we feel honoured to have someone like him supporting our learning programmes.

Our sponsors:
The Six Mile library is sponsored, once again, by Airways Hotel and Apartments, which is one of the important Founder Sponsors of Buk bilong Pikinini. Our gratitude extends further towards this generous organisation that assisted with the establishment and funding of our libraries at the Port Moresby General Hospital, the Special Education and Resource Centre at Hohola and now Six Mile.

Our precious children and teacher-librarians:
Our library at Six Mile is one of Buk bilong Pikinini's busiest Port Moresby libraries with children lining up every morning to attend our literacy-based learning programme. Agnes, our Head Librarian, is so popular with the children that they all want to grow up to become teachers!

 

 

 Sponsored by Airways Hotel