Early childhood learning ‘key’

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By ELIZABETH VUVU
A HEADMISTRESS of a play school in East New Britain believes that early childhood learning is the way forward if Papua New Guinea is to achieve quality education.
Relly Manning, wife of former chairman of Transparency International PNG Mike Manning, said this during the opening of a new K289,000 double classroom at Rabaul Playschool in Kokopo.
She is the founder of the school, registered under division of community development, that started in Rabaul in 1984 before the eruption of 1994.
Manning said the school, over the years, had grown to meet the great demand from parents and children for early childhood learning.
She called on the Government of the day to appreciate the benefits of early childhood learning and make it a requirement for every child.
“Rabaul Playschool has strived to provide quality education and to give a child an early start in education,” Manning said.
“That will pave way for excellence from elementary to secondary and then tertiary level.”
East New Britain deputy administrator (socio-economic services) Levi Mano commended the school’s board of management and teaching staff for bringing the school to a high level.
“This school is based on integrated approach for education,” he said.
“We have to make sure that a child is developed in an integrated approach to help them to develop their character.”
Kokopo MP Emil Tammur’s electoral officer Albert Buanga announced an allocation of K10,000 to assist the school.

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