By EVAH BANIGE
KARKAR Island’s Tabel Primary School in Madang last Friday opened a computer laboratory to enhance IT literacy.
The lab was financed by Madang MP Kenneth Fairweather through his district support improvement project (DSIP) funds.
The Department of Works also helped in the construction of the building housing the laboratory.
Northern and New Guinea Islands regional Works manager Brian Alois said apart from Tabel, another computer laboratory had also been constructed at Talidik Primary School, 39km outside Madang town.
The projects were realised through a partnership of three parties; Works for construction work, volunteer service organisation (VSO) for the supply and installation of computer networks and Telikom (PNG) for the supply and installation of VSat communication devices.
“Tabel now has access to the internet and email through the use of its seven desktop and one laptop computers,” Mr Alois said.
The school also has a digital camera, colour printer and a multi-media projector – all powered by a set of solar panels donated by the Japanese International Corporation Agency (JICA).
A diesel generator set serves as power back-up.
At the moment, only the teachers are using the computers and students will be allowed to use the facilities after the official launch by the local MP.
“The use of this equipment has brought the world to our fingertips, even to an isolated place such as Karkar,” one of the school’s 11 teachers said.
Tabel has 349 students.