Then National, Wednesday 12th September, 2012
THE Woginara Primary School in Wewak, East Sepik, had a huge donation to its library last Thursday, thanks to an 11-year-old girl.
Deborah Buasin, a Grade 5 student at the Lae International School, with help from her father Edward, her friends at school and the Rotary Club of Lae, added some significance to the province’s National Book and Literacy Week celebrations.
Buasin and her father shipped more than 30,000 books for the library early this year and also assisted with funding for the finishing touches to the library building.
Director-General for Office of Library and Archives and National Literacy and Awareness Secretariat Jacob Havelawa, who was there to witness the opening of the Deborah Library, said: “Young Deborah, you are a hero.”
Havelawa said the young girl’s initiative had prompted his office’s educational programme to also help out the province’s elementary and primary schools by donating K3,000 and K10,000 worth of books respectively.
He said libraries were a vital part of any school and his office was now focusing on giving children more access to information through their libraries.
But Havelawa also had another announcement to make.
“Because of Deborah’s bold move, I am also pledging K23,000 worth of books to the Woginara Primary School.”
The Buasin family had also pledged to continually support the library with books and a set of encyclopedia to enhance staff and students’ learning.