Students receive over 2,000 reading books


THREE hundred students from an elementary and primary school in Western Highlands received more than 2,000 reading books as well as learning materials to help them with their studies.
The students, from Tapolga Elementary and Mugu Primary in Tambul-Nebilyer, received reading books, atlases and teachers’ guide from Kevin Koim, a local from Paiakona.
Koim said as a member of the community, he decided to help his people focus on education by donating the books.
He presented 33 boxes to the schools.
Koim said reading was an important part of learning and this was why he managed to supply the books.
He said since the books were delivered, he was seeking support to build a permanent library for the two schools to use.
“I’m looking for ways to replace the bush material library with a permanent building so these books can be kept safe for future students to use,” he said. Founder and chairman of Tapolga Elementary and Mugu Primary Pinjiki Wak thanked Koim for the support towards the schools.
Wak said this was the third donation received from the community members, others came from Steven Pinjiki and Nickson Koim.
He said Mugu Primary had its first grade seven intake this year and that was a great achievement.
Wak said both schools were recently established after witnessing many children involving in road accidents while walking for distance to attend school at Bulg or Paiakona along the Highlands Highway leading to Enga.
“This is the kind of support we need to bring our schools forward as our children will no longer risk their lives travelling for distance,” he said.
Wak said the two schools had needs of more classrooms and staff houses, including a new library.
He said the support from Paiakona had brought many changes to improve the standard of education.