By Memo Hauke
Non-governmental organisation, Enounter First PNG, recently donated 200 computers and 120 television screens to 10 remote schools in Kagua-Erave district of Southern Highlands.
Founder of Encounter First PNG, Robin Kawaipa, said the Kataloma High School as well as other secondary and primary schools received the learning and teaching materials as part of the rural community school Outreach programme of Encounter First PNG.
According to Kawaipa, the equipment was presented by the Ibis Sydney World Square Hotel to Encounter First PNG to donate to remote schools in PNG.
Encounter First PNG helps rural communities to delivers basic goods and services through partnerships with other NGO’s around the world. It was established in 2010.
“The organisation relies on donations and holds fundraisers to allow this project and other initiatives to continue. Within the Rural Community School Outreach programme we also provide health awareness, sports equipment, peer education, basic materials such as pens and notebooks and leadership training. We provide both standard and solar powered computers.”
The solar powered computers were built in Sydney and have the latest software included including text books, Wikipedia and reading materials for students and teachers.
“Primary school students can access a dictionary, mathematical concepts, typing lessons and access Wikipedia through the computer,” Kawaipa added.
“Seeing those smiles and laughter on their faces is the most amazing feeling when being out there in the remote areas where you grew up and giving back to the community,” he told The National.
By Memo Hauke