The National, Thursday 13th June 2013
MORE than 200 children will be having classes in a new double classroom at the Tmoknai Primary School in Western – courtesy of a project grant from the PNG Sustainable Development Program.
It replaces bush-material classrooms built in 2000 by the Catholic diocese of Daru-Kiunga.
PNGSDP chief executive officer David Sode said the construction of the classroom and a teacher’s house, was important for the community.
“It is essential that Papua New Guinea provides the best possible environment for children and teachers to learn and work in,” he said.
“Generations of Papua New Guineans attended classes in bush-material buildings, usually with poor equipment and furniture.
“Dedicated teachers taught in those difficult conditions and lived in very unsatisfactory circumstances.
“It is just as important to upgrade the schools’ physical infrastructure as it is to upgrade teaching materials and equipment.
“PNGSDP is therefore pleased to have been able to make a contribution of K544,440 to a project that will improve the prospects of children in this area, and help them to fulfill their potential.”
Sode noted that the contribution of the church and the community – in project management, sweat equity, logistics and other inputs – had resulted in an asset worth probably double the cash granted by PNGSDP.