Charity trains librarians

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The National,Friday 13 January 2012

BUK Bilong Pikinini, a charity based in Port Moresby, held its first country training of librarians this week, thanks to Air Niugini Ltd. 
The airline sponsored eight librarians from Buk Bilong Pikinini in Lae, Mt Hagen, Alotau and Goroka with return tickets to attend a week of classroom and library training courses. 
The training of librarians used to be limited to its staff in Port Moresby but with the help of Air Niugini, a head librarian and an assistant from the four centres took part in the training.
The sponsorship came as support towards expanding the work of the library by training librarians on managing library-classroom settings and learning for pre-school, primary and high school-aged children it services. 
Air Niugini sales manager Colin Lyttle said the partnership with Buk Bilong Pikinini had benefited the children’s library in its two years of operation and the airline would continue to support it in its quest of breaching low literacy in the country.
The company has supported the library through free airline services for officials in Australia on visits to the libraries in the country.
Buk Bilong Pikinini director and facilitator Ali Nott thanked Air Niugini and said: “The aim of the library is to create and mould life-long learners; to instil in them the desire to learn at an early age and such support is a boost to our work.”
Twenty-three librarians were trained under three facilitators from Buk Bilong Pikinini in Port Moresby, starting on Monday. The training ends today.
The training covered phonics, reading, using resources, art and crafts, virtues and awareness.