School kits stranded at Sydney, Lae wharves

National, Normal

The National – Monday, December 20, 2010

TEN shipping containers with school learning materials for schools in the Jiwaka region of Western Highlands are stuck at the two wharves in Australia and Papua New Guinea because there are no funds to ship them to the new province.
Eight containers were sitting at the Sydney wharf and two others were in Lae.
They contain desks, tables, chairs, shelves, beds, computers, printers, reading books and building materials donated by the Australian Rotary when they visited the schools in Jiwaka early this year and saw that the schools lacked these equipment to provide quality education.
Jiwaka Rotary International president Frank Goi told The National in Mt Hagen that leaders have failed their responsibility to help develop the human resource through education.
He said  these containers had been sitting idle at the wharves with vital school materials and no on to help bring them in  yet students in the area were in desperate need of materials.
Goi said several attempts had been made to business houses and the leaders but all these had fallen on deaf ears.
He said when the containers reached Jiwaka they would be distributed equally to all the schools because these were gifts from the Australia Rotary.
Goi said education should be given a first priority.
He said some schools could not afford these equipment and urged business houses, individuals and elected leaders to show their support to the schools to meet the transport costs.
Goi said anyone who was willing to help meet the transport cost can all him on 72202744.