By JAMES KILA
“YOUR education is your life, guard it well.”In fact, the saying in Proverbs 4:13 starts off with, “Always remember what you have learned.”
This biblical passage from Proverbs was quoted by the Education Program Manager for Usino-Bundi districtLemek Jeffrey on Thursday, Nov 23, at the opening of Usino Primary School’s new administration block.
“A school is a wonderful place to invest, which after some time would bring forth greater benefits to sustain life,” Jeffrey said.
The all-in-one administration building was built from tuition free fee funds from the National Education Department and took five years to complete, costing approximately K200,000.
It also encompasses a library, photo-copying and printing room and head teacher’s office.
Designed by the former school board of management chairman Wia Sere with the help of the current head teacher Fidelis Ibok, the edifice itself erected by local builder AloisGiwe and his sons, who utilized mostly local materials to complete the building.
Jeffrey, whose area of responsibility covers Usino, Bundi and Gama LLGs urged parents to make it their business to invest in their children’s education instead of wasting financial resources on buying new cars, erecting permanent houses and other luxury items.He called on other schools in the district to replicate the footsteps of Usino Primary.
A colorful celebration was staged with a local bamboo band entertaining the excited crowd.
Guests to the occasion included representatives of RamuNiCo (MCC) Community Affairs who brought food items as presents for the school.
General Manager of local security firm and umbrella landowner security firm Raibus Security Services Mathew Denguomade a commitment to help purchase gutters and a tuffa tank for water.
Kurumbukari Limited also committed K1000 to go towards purchasing library books.
The occasion also marked the changing of the school’s official logo in a traditional ritual, performed by the local owners of the land on which the school stands.
The former one depicted a snake with two heads which recently was deemed to bring bad luck to the institution.
James Kila is PR officer at Ramu Nico.
By JAMES KILA