By WALLACE KIALA
ST Peter’s Chanel Erima Primary School has engaged 20 youths to paint its classrooms.
“The school is happy to have the youths within the Erima community to be part of the development and process of education here,” head teacher Carmel Torombe said on Monday.
The youths, from the Erima suburb in the National Capital District, were engaged under an agreement with Moresby Northeast MP Andrew Mald.
“Giving the classrooms a new coat of paint is part of the school’s image preparation for the New Year and we hope it brightens up the start of the academic year for the pupils,” Mrs Torombe said.
Mr Mald said: “One of the top priorities for my electorate is to invest in education and empowerment for the young.
“Most youths have some skills in doing a bit of carpentry.
“Engaging them to be part of the community and having them in related activities is a step in the right direction to strengthen those basic skills they have.”
He said St Peters Erima, Wardstrip and New Erima Primary Schools were in the second phase of the primary schools’ internet rollout programme in the coming month for Port Moresby northeast.
This has been made possible by K200,000 in district support improvement programme (DSIP) allocation from the member.
Mr Mald also highlighted that new classrooms costing around K1.5million are also planned to be built in most of the primary schools under the Moresby Northeast electoral grants in the DSIP this year.