BOUGAINVILLE’s 10-year Education Plan was launched at the Isa Beach in Buka yesterday.
As students and parents gathered, the plan was carried into the arena on a special canoe known as a “mona” symbolising the passing of education from generation to generation in the region.
Bougainville is the 14th province in the country to launch its provincial education plan.
The 10-year plan with the theme “Achieving a better future” sets out in general the vision and the goals of the Autonomous Bougainville Government towards the development and delivery of education services in the region.
Minister for Education James Marape acknowledged teachers for their commitment to the delivery of education services in the region when launching the plan.
He said the greatest legacy of development in any country was human resources, and encouraged teachers to continue the good work in educating the people of Bougainville.
Mr Marape said his Government’s plan was to launch Universal Basic Education Plan to ensure all children were in school by 2015.
He also said an estimated K10 billion was needed to rehabilitate existing school infrastructure in PNG in the next 10 to 20 years, and called on Local Level Governments to ensure that K1 million under the district support grant be used wisely and priority given to education.
The minister also committed K5 million to commemorate partnership between the National Government and the ABG.
Of the K5 million, K1 million would go to schools in North Bougainville, another K1 million to schools in South Bougainville, K1 million to schools in Central Bougainville, K1 million to support the EQUITV programme in the region and a further K1million to be used by the president to further support education in the region.
Bougainville Regional Member Fidelis Semoso thanked Mr Marape and at the same time, challenged the minister to assist the region to establish two technical schools in Bougainville.