From under a mango tree to this


ExxonMobil PNG has opened a new classroom worth K260,000 for Papa Community Preschool in Port Moresby.
The need was identified by Exxon Mobil in 2016.
“I am happy knowing the students will have their own classroom,” said Papa Community Pre-school head teacher Baga Apoma.
The new classroom will cater for more than 80 students from Papa and the nearby communities.
The school started in 2010 under a big mango tree, then to Apoma and his late wife’s house and recently in a small Seventh Day adventist makeshift shelter.
ExxonMobil’s production operations manager, Murray Bell, said: “We want all students to have access to basic education and we know the learning environment is very powerful.”
“It’s very pleasing to know students at Papa Community Pre-School will continue to benefit from the support in the years to come,” he said.
The double classroom includes a teacher’s office, desks, chairs for students and a water tank.
In 2016, ExxonMobil funded the school profiling programme which led to the construction of the classroom in addition to early childhood literacy training of three early childhood educators facilitated by Buk Bilong Pikinini.