Digicel Foundation opens classroom in Rigo district

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THE Digicel Papua New Guinea Foundation launched its first new concept double classroom yesterday at Sivitatana Primary School in Rigo district, Central province. 
The Digicel PNG Foundation contributed K150,000 towards the new concept, steel structure, double classroom at Sivitatana Primary School in which the new facilities included office space, 40 new double school benches, school blackboards and a water tank.
Digicel PNG Foundation chief executive officer, Marina van der Vlies said at the launching that this was the fifth school building project the Digicel Foundation had completed since it was launched in October 2008.
“The construction of this double classroom took only four weeks to complete, considerably less than previous double classroom building projects and valuable construction time was saved through the use of a pre-fabricated kit structure and steel frame solution provided by Atlas Steel,” Ms van der Vlies said.
“This is a new solution that provides for a solid building which can be built quickly and has minimal financial burden for the school and community,” She said.
The Digicel Foundation plans to roll out another five steel frame double classrooms over the next three months in a bid to provide better learning infrastructure for many unfortunate children in PNG.
The chairman of the school board of management David Malo was thankful to Digicel for the newly built classrooms but however, expressed disappointment that the Government had not honoured their promise of funding a double classroom since 2008.