Aroma Coast celebrates new classrooms

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NEW school buildings were opened at two locations on the Aroma Coast in the Abau district, Central.
The buildings, at Wairavanua Primary School and Gavuone Primary School, highlighted the important role of the partnership between the PNG and Australian governments in education.
The buildings, a double classroom and teachers’ quarters, were opened at Wairavanua on Wednesday and at Gavuone last Friday. The total cost was K412,722.
Abau MP Sir Puka Temu, head of AusAID in PNG Stephanie Copus-Campbell, members of the school board of management, teachers, parents and students and the local community were in attendance.
Sir Puka said the new classrooms and teachers’ houses were a huge boost to the communities involved.
“Education is the cornerstone of PNG’s Vision 2050 and I would like to thank the Australian government for supporting children who will take PNG’s vision forward,” he said.
“I am pleased PNG is a friend and partner of Australia in improving basic education services at the frontline that will see more children attending school in the Abau district.” 
Copus-Campbell said Australia had formed a strong partnership with the Department of Education, provinces and other partners to support PNG’s education system.
“Together, we have a strong focus on improving access to education for PNG children. This includes more and better facilities like those we are opening today,” Copus-Campbell said.
“It brings me great satisfaction to know that these buildings will help in the effort of getting more children to enrol and be educated,” she said.