CRIES of excitement filled the air at the remote Bumbum village in Leron-Wantoat of Markham, Morobe province, as students, teachers and surrounding villages celebrated the opening of a double classroom at Bumbum Primary School on Monday.
Traditional singsings were the order of the celebrations.
The classroom was built at a cost of more than K100,000 and was one of the projects under the Markham district service improvement programme.
The school also marked the opening of a teacher’s house and an elementary classroom that was initiated by the school and parents.
Markham MP and Deputy Governor Koni Iguan said the project was the first commitment he made soon after entering Parliament.
Mr Iguan said the classroom was also a historical project to demonstrate that he was only loyal and dedicated to bringing services to people despite receiving “no votes” from Bumbum village.
He said he was committed to distributing services fairly to his district and also commended the school and parents for their initiative with the other projects.
Morobe Governor Luther Wenge shared the enthusiasm of the celebration and made a call for the school to look after the project.
He presented K1,000 to the school’s head teacher Francis Netato to buy Bibles, wall clocks and Papua New Guinea and world maps for each classroom.
The school projects were jointly and officially opened by Mr Wenge, Mr Iguan and Leron-Watut LLG president Steven Mambon.
Guests there included the provincial elementary coordinator Beret Kalo and Markham district education coordinator Henry Mileng.