Sarangwandu Primary School benefits from upgrade programme

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SARANGWANDU Primary School in Wosera, East Sepik province, came alive last Friday with a variety of colourful traditional singsing and other contemporary entertainment to mark the official opening of four recently-completed classrooms and two teachers’ houses.
The two double classrooms and staff houses were erected using monies drawn from the Education Department’s school facilities upgrade (SFU) programme fund.
The school’s board of management with the support of the staff and working people of Sarangwandu village sourced K434,202.10 from the Education Department in 2006 and started the work on the project.
Sarangwandu is the second school of the three pilot schools selected by the department to benefit from the SFU programme.
The first school to benefit was Bushama in Morobe province while the remote Oksapmin Primary School in Sandaun province was selected as the third school to have its facilities improved.
SFU programme coordinator Peter Terence, who officiated at the launch of the new classrooms and staff houses, gave credit to the school’s board of management for managing the money properly which resulted in K40,000 still on hand after the project was completed.
Mr Terence said remaining money could now be used to buy study materials and sustain the buildings to ensure their longevity.
He said SFU was a community-based project and  was excited to see that the community had supported it from the start.