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BbP children celebrate Independence Day

  

Children in libraries across PNG came dressed in traditional costumes or flag colours to celebrate the 42nd year of independence on the 15th of September 2017. On the program was singing the national anthem, dancing, tattooing and learning about customs and cultures from different provinces of PNG. Parents and communities were able to witness cultural mini shows around the libraries and enjoy the celebrations.

 



  

Partnership with the National Library and Archives

  

On the 7th of September 2017, (during Literacy Week) BbP held a community event at our 6 Mile library to announce our intention to partner. 

According to the Director General of the National Library and Archives, Mr. Kaikato Kasi - "there is a need to revive or re-establish 89 district libraries, 1300 school libraries and 23 public libraries. The organization now has a ten year plan called the National Library, Archives and Records Services 10 year strategic Plan 2016 to 2025. The plan focuses on reviving or restoring all library and archival services in all provinces even reaching down to the district and community levels.

In the past (before 1985) the country used to have public libraries throughout the country but when the Law on Organic Law on Provincial and Local Level Government came into force it transferred all the functions from the national level to provincial Government. By then most of the services collapsed but only six survived. The national archive only has a branch in one province (Lae, Morobe Province)." Mr. Kasi also said that: "Buk bilong Pikinini is doing a tremendous job and will be a strong partner in this plan."

Buk bilong Pikinini has already embarked on a plan of its own to help re-establish school libraries and has also established 17 children's community libraries. There is a huge demand for books and literacy materials and BbP donates more than 50,000 books per annum - packed in library kits - to school libraries upon request. BbP is looking forward to a partnership to re-stock as many school and community libraries as possible.

 

    

Literacy Week 2017

  

Buk bilong Pikinini was fortunate to be able to hold four events, produce a TV advertisement about the importance of reading, create educational merchandise for the children and libraries thanks to our Literacy Week sponsor ExxonMobil PNG. Our theme for 2017 is "Reading: It makes a world of difference" and we have celebrated with a multi cultural theme to teach the children about the world around them

We held two events to thank our donors where the children demonstrated their literacy skills and had fun testing our donors knowledge about continents and countries. The children had great fun playing with globes, doing educational activities and singing "It's a small world".

Bbp was also able to hold a 'Meet the Author' event with Iriani Wanma at our Book shop at Theodist where invited children took part in a colouring-in and word search competition based on "Oa the grasshopper and Kaipa the caterpillar".

In order to highlight the importance of libraries and access to books and literacy materials in PNG, BbP held an event with the National Libraries and Archives to announce our upcoming partnership to re-establish public and school libraries across PNG.

Thank you to our Literacy Week partner ExxonMobil PNG for sponsoring our activities again this year. 

 

A great event to celebrate our 10th Anniversary

  

On the 8th of April 2017, Buk bilong Pikinini held a "Back to School" event with 350 invited guests to celebrate our 10 years in operation. The tables and venue were decorated as a classroom, there were plenty of fun competitions and the guests also had their school photo taken. Buk bilong Pikinini was fortunate to have a performance by PNG born singer NGAIIRE and important key note speakers such as Peter Botten from Oil Search. We screened our new documentary by Tania Nugent, who also MC'd the event. It was a wonderful evening of celebration and the event also raised much needed funding for BbP's programs.