Early childhood education and adult literacy
Through the PNG Education Project, we partnered with local organisation Buk Bilong Pikinini to bring literacy programs to communities surrounding Port Moresby where education facilities are limited. As part of this, locals set up a CLC where children learn fundamental literacy and numeracy skills.
Rose, the CLC’s head librarian, is pleased to see how far the students have come. “We see plenty of children – they improve in their readings, their spelling, their pronunciation of words,” she says. “They catch up very quickly.”
Many teachers are noticing how well the students are doing when they start school. “When we are graduating [the children] and sending them out to elementary school, we see the feedbacks that the children that are graduating from our library are more advanced,” Rose adds.
Nancy, the mother of a student at the CLC, agrees that the opportunities offered to her daughter now are vastly better than before. Nancy has also decided to take advantage of the adult life skills and literacy training.
“The parents now are coming, attending this library,” Rose says. “They can see that they have learnt a lot. That really helps them.”
The community is now working to ensure the sustainability of their CLC beyond the life of the project by running a small market outside the facility, with stallholders’ fees going towards running costs.