Creating children's libraries in Papua New Guinea
Manus Island library opening
Buk bilong Pikinini opened library number 16 on the 19th of June 2014. This time on beautiful Manus Island. The library has a nice view over the sea, two large class rooms and 60 children have been enrolled for literacy classes so far.
The whole community took part in the establishment and celebration for this library to be successfully opened. We would like to thank MP4CD for their persistence and support and the Bank of South Pacific for enabling BbP to establish a library in such a remote location. Read more and see the lovely pictures.
Australian Foreign Minister opens BbP's 15th library
Buk bilong Pikinini opened its 15th library on Friday the 9th of May at Tatana Island in Port Moresby with Hon. Julie Bishop, dignitaries, donors, the whole community and invited guests. It was a wonderful celebration for this mile stone opening!This library has been sponsored by the Swiss Embassy in Canberra, Mahesh Patel of CPL, Australian Aid and long term BbP donors.
Our new Board of Directors
On Monday the 23rd of June 2014 Buk bilong Pikinini held its first AGM. A warm welcome to all our new members and directors. We are looking forward to working with you all! Here are the new Buk bilong Pikinini Board of Directors.
From left Stephen Massa, Buk bilong Pikinini Board of Directors Vice-Chair, Partner Gadens Lawyers, Allyson Young, Manager, Select PNG (Representative for Airways Hotel and Monier), Dr. Eliakim Tokacap Apelis, Acting Deputy Secretary Teaching and Education Standard, (Executive Officer - Luke Ebbs), Buk bilong Pikinini Founder, Chair and Canberra Office Director, Anne-Sophie Hermann, Julie Fraser, Head of Marketing and PR Bank of South Pacific, David Toua, General Manager Corporate Affairs Steamships Swire & Steven Winduo, Senior Lecturer UPNG, Literature and English Strand. Congratulations to all!
Thank you to Paddy's Hotel and Apartments for hosting the meeting!
BbP Authors' Seminar a resounding success
Buk bilong Pikinini held an Authors' Seminar from the 5-7th of May at Paddy's Hotel in Port Moresby. The aim of the seminar was encourage Papua New Guineans to write stories for children. We are extremely grateful to Alison Lester, Andrew Kelly, Drusilla Modejska, Steven Winduo, Amanda Donigi and Russell Jackson for making it such a successful event! We even made our own book entitled PNG ABC. Read more
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We need your help!
Almost half of school age children in Papua New Guinea are currently not enrolled at school and many girls and boys remain illiterate for life - with no access to public libraries or books.
Buk bilong Pikinini is trying to create awareness about the need for Early Childhood Learning and the need for all children to be able to access high quality literacy materials and learning opportunities.
We establish Children's libraries across Papua New Guinea with a Literacy, Numeracy and Awareness programme to help the most vulnerable children in their efforts to become literate. Please donate to help us empower the children of PNG through literacy!
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