The National, Monday 20th August, 2012
TWO schools in Madang are the first to receive new double classrooms as part of the Digicel Foundation’s roll-out of classroom projects across the country this year.
The Ohu primary and Danben elementary schools are in the Amele area, in the south Ambenob local level government that serves 7,000 people.
The double classroom project is part of the foundation’s aim to support local communities and address overcrowding in rural schools.
The all-steel kit structure double classroom handed over last week includes an office, 40 double desks, a water tank, two bucket showers and two toilets.
It was built at a cost of K200,000.
Ohu Primary School head teacher Gregory Bigol thanked Digicel Foundation for its generosity.
He said the school had been struggling with a high student enrolment and a lack of permanent classroom space for a long time.
Digicel Foundation chief executive officer Marina van der Vlies said access to education was fundamental to the growth of a country.
“Digicel Foundation strives to improve access to basic education, especially for rural schools that show strong governance and community ownership but don’t have the resources to improve their facilities,” she said.
She said the foundation was proud of its partnership with the schools and community in Madang and hoped that many students would benefit from the new learning facilities.