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Buk bilong Pikinini warehouse and distribution

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Buk bilong Pikinini is fortunate to have both a warehouse and a storage facility to house the thousands of books arriving from Australia every month.

We have had a set of 5 covered and secured containers since 2013 at the Hastings Deering Compound and were able to also obtain shared warehouse space with the Credit Corporation in 2018. In 2020, we were able to set up our own separate warehouse thanks to support from Credit Corporation and Pacific Palms Property. 

In order to properly store our donated books we received steel beams from the Brian Bell Group, wood beams from PNG Forest Products and manpower from Savcor ART to put it all together. 

Having extensive warehouse space allows But bilong Pikinini to better manage and distribute our donated books to our Library Learning Centres, school and public libraries across PNG. Once the books arrive at PNG ports thanks to support from SEAFAST Ltd., they are customs cleared and handled by Express Freight Management and delivered to our warehouse. After the books have been processed by our Inventory and Logistics team they are further distributed across PNG thanks to PNG Air.

 

     

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Theodist renews its partnership with Buk bilong Pikinini

We have been working with Theodist since 2014 to ensure that all the organisations’ Library Learning Centres across PNG are well-stocked with appropriate learning materials to support the best possible learning outcomes for the children enrolled. Theodist is a Gold sponsor of BbP and has supported the growth and quality of the ECED program through an annual in-store credit of K 50,000 as well as additional assistance with events, printing, product development and Literacy Week activities and advocacy. Theodist has also set up a book shop and reading corner at their Waigani store, fully stocked with BbP’s books for sale. Through this generous support, which thus far amounts to a minimum of K350,000, Theodist has been able to assist thousands of 5-year-old children with obtaining solid learning foundations before starting school.

Early Childhood Education & Development (ECED) refers to the physical, cognitive, linguistic and socio-emotional development of a child from the prenatal stage up to age eight. BbP has developed a comprehensive ECED program to prepare and transition the children into school. As part of this program the children engage in a great number of craft, writing, drawing, tracing and construction activities to build both gross and fine motor skills and the ability to read and write before entering the formal school system.

The PNG Government has now adopted an Early Childhood education policy for the nation, which recognises the strong contribution early education makes to improve literacy and long-term academic success.

Theodist is looking forward to continuing to support BbP with its programs, Theodist Purchasing Manager, Shaun Pini said:
"We are very proud of our long-standing partnership with BBP and the valuable contribution they make in the lives of PNG children and their families. Like BBP, Theodist recognises the value of early childhood education and knows that an investment in PNG children is an investment in PNG‘s future.”


Leanne Resson (Executive Officer) said: “Children who are fortunate to have teachers who have access to training, quality teaching aids, meaningful books and educational materials will perform better than those who have had poorly trained and unsupported teachers. I am grateful for the long-term support we have received from Theodist to ensure our Library Learning Centres are stocked with the highest quality materials to support both teaching and learning.”

Anne-Sophie Hermann (Chair & Founder) said: “It is thanks to community-minded companies such as Theodist, that Buk bilong Pikinini has been able to grow and continue to provide a high quality of service at our Library Learning Centres across the country. We are grateful for the amazing support we have received from the friendly Theodist team, who are always happy to assist us. We know they are passionate about literacy and learning and wish to support PNG children with their education. This was also evident when they set up the book shop and reading corner, which has allowed families and schools to purchase low-priced high-quality books to support the children’s learning. We could not be more grateful for the on-going support as announced today.”

 

 

Enga Province keen to adopt BbP's Early Childhood Development program

  

Early Childhood Development training is off to a great start in Enga Province.

The National Executive Council has recently approved PNG’s Early Childhood Education Policy (ECD) 2020 for implementation. It did not take long for the Governor of Enga Province, Sir Peter Ipatas after the approval of the policy, to request ECD training from BbP for a first cohort of teachers. Robin LAKARI, the Early Childhood Education Coordinator for Enga Province travelled to Port Moresby in January to meet with Leanne Resson, BbP Executive Officer to organise for the immediate training of teachers in his province.

The BbP teacher training program covers principles of ECD, effective teaching strategies, phonics, lesson planning, classroom management, observation and assessment, child protection, inclusive education and much more.

In order to support the training program and its successful continuation and application in the classrooms, BbP has developed Program Handbooks in Literacy and Numeracy, a Literacy Teaching Aids Resource box (charts, games, posters, signs, flash cards and board games), a Numeracy Kit Box (pre-STEM toys, scales, abacus, building blocks, shape sorters and much more), Curriculum readers for Term 2-4, Special needs awareness stories and a digital learning app. The organisation has also just launched a digital learning website to assist teachers with digital skills and tips for use in the classroom. www.bbpdigitallearning.org

Mr. Robin LAKARI inspected the materials BbP has developed for the training as well as the curriculum and teaching aids to be used by teachers in the classroom to improve education outcomes. Mr. Lakari said: “It is indeed a pleasure to be in partnership with Buk Bilong Pikinini. I have thoroughly gone through the curriculum materials documented by BbP and have learned that the materials are truly best to implement in Early Childhood learning. As such, I have recommended the Provincial Government to purchase them and hire the BbP agents to run the training here in Enga. The teaching and learning materials are perfect and can actually produce quality results when used in Enga. Our Provincial Government has finally decided and agreed that BbP Curriculums for Early Childhood can be used in the province while pending the National Department of Education to produce one. However, as I have said, I have no reservation to admit that the materials are the best and if possible, can also be used in the Country”.

Leanne Resson said: “Children who are fortunate to have teachers who have access to training, quality teaching aids, meaningful books and educational materials will perform better than those who have had poorly trained and unsupported teachers. Children who have had access to a quality early childhood education program will perform even better, as the child will have set the foundations for memory and learning, understood discipline and attention from a young age.”

Early Childhood Development (ECD) refers to the physical, cognitive, linguistic and socio-emotional development of a child from the prenatal stage up to age eight. BbP has developed a comprehensive ECD program to prepare and transition the children into school. BbP’s Library Learning Centres enrol 5-year-olds for one year. The program, however, can be successfully taught to children in the 4-8 age group.

BbP is looking forward to continuing to upskill teachers across Enga Province and to be working with like-minded provinces, who also realise that Early Childhood Development is key to a successful education built on solid foundations.

 

 

The Swiss Embassy in Canberra signs new partnership agreement

Buk bilong Pikinini (BbP) has been in partnership with the Swiss Embassy in Canberra for more than six years and is now looking forward to embarking on a new project to carry out teacher training for school teachers in Eastern Highlands Province.

H.E. Yasmine Chatila Zwahlen - Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Kiribati and Special Envoy of Switzerland for the Pacific Region signed the new agreement with BbP Founder Anne-Sophie Hermann at the Swiss Embassy in Canberra last week.

 The new agreement will be to support Swiss Evangelical Brotherhood Mission school teachers with capacity development training in BbP’s highly efficient Early Childhood Development program and School Library management. The training includes lessons in phonics routines, early childhood literacy and numeracy, management of classroom settings, lesson planning and delivery, positive behavior management in the classroom and much more. The teachers will also be supported to run library classes and manage a school library.

In addition to providing the training, BbP will also provide the teachers and schools with curriculum handbooks, teaching aids and guides in BbP’s Early Childhood Literacy and Numeracy program, BbP published class room reader sets, phonics books as well as a School Library kit which contains 1000 books in all categories.

H.E. Yasmine Chatila Zwahlen - Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Kiribati and Special Envoy of Switzerland for the Pacific Region said:

“The Embassy of Switzerland has been collaborating with Buk bilong Pikinini for over 6 years now and supported a number of very successful projects. Through this partnership, Switzerland has had a defining impact on the lives of girls and boys, including vulnerable children. I find it particularly important that our new project builds on the professional development of teachers, mostly women. They assume a huge responsibility towards the youngest generation and I find it very important to value, encourage and acknowledge their role.”

Throughout the partnership, the Swiss Embassy has assisted BbP with funding to build a library on Tatana Island, providing School Library Kits to remote schools, re-stocking the Bui Iebi Prison library near Mendi and has provided funding for the development of the teacher training program. The teacher training program offered will be certain to have a real impact on the teachers ability to deliver their teaching in a more efficient way and allow the children to greatly improve their literacy and numeracy skills.

BbP works with partners to provide teacher training, classroom materials and books to teachers and schools across the country. For more information about the training, teaching aids or School Library Kits please contact our Executive Officer Leanne Resson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

For more information about the Swiss Evangelical Brotherhood Mission please go to: https://ebc.org.pg/education-2/