Crocodile skin expedition leads to literacy aid for villages

Youth & Careers

GYNNIE KERO
A KOREAN firm is keen to work with provincial governments and roll out an audio-visual education programme aimed to improve literacy rates in the country.
Providence Company Ltd project manager Taeshin Yun said the project ‘A School in the Forest Without Teachers’ is about eradicating illiteracy in PNG.
It consists of a screen, two solar panels and a battery and would be set up in remote villages for the local community to watch educational programmes.
Yun said the idea was conceived through the decade-long experiences of his father, Kibyong Yun, during his crocodile skin expeditions in the 1980s and early 1990s when he travelled deep into the country’s villages.
In those remote communities, Kibyong noticed education and schooling were never present or accessible and the inhabitants were illiterate.
Not much has changed since then.
Yun said that after 30 years, this project was started through his father’s passion for the people of PNG and his desire to give back to a country he holds dear. On where the project would be piloted, Yun said:
“The project complements the tuition fee free policy.
“We are working with the Governor of Central Robert Agarobe.
“Morobe Governor Ginson Saonu and East New Britain Governor Nakikus Konga are both on board with the project and enthusiastic to the vast potential of its implementation.

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