We love to read!
Buk bilong Pikinini is seeing some amazing results with the children's ability to read owing to the hard work of our excellent Teacher librarians in applying our literacy and jolly phonics programme. Here are some of the success stories of children learning to read at our libraries in 2014. BbP plays an important role in bridging the gap for many children in their transition into the PNG school system.
Camilla Bullen, Australian Volunteer at our Alotau Library has conducted an interview with Philomena's mother Cassie Evennett. Here is what she had to say about her child's progress:
CB: How would you rate Philomina's ability to write words in English after she attended Buk bilong Pikinini library and have you seen any progress in your child's awareness of things like oral hygiene, road safety, environment, cultural identity and child's rights? If so, please provide a brief summary.
CE: She never spoke a word of English ever before coming here to Alotau. Before coming she just enjoyed her daily routine of playing all day, and being the youngest and only female amongst a group of our nephews in Mt. Hagen, I think a lot of her days she spent fighting with the boys for everything, but she’s one strong kid and she is really feisty. So yes a very big progress, she now understands the routine of the day, and identifies with her surroundings, she looks forward to go to school every morning. Knows how to brush her teeth and at times reminds me that she needs to brush her teeth. She enjoys being part of a group and likes to contribute her ideas and comments on certain things when we have family discussions.
CB: Have you seen any progress in your child's behavior such as obedience, respect, trust, compassion and kindness? If so, please provide a brief summary.
CE: She is naturally a kind, obedient, compassionate and respectful child for her age but when provoked can be easily angered, and by this time she just shuts down and shuts out anyone – It’s a working progress, but I feel we are breaking through slowly and she is improving, collectively from your teachings at school and whilst she is at home. She loves helping around the house, and is very eager to help, unfortunately she is too small and naturally at her age clumsy, but we give her chores enough for her ability. She can now confidently say grace at dinner time (un assisted) and is a very eager participant with our Home Fellowship sing along, with all the songs she learnt from BbP. She shares her things easily.
CB: Any additional comment.
CE: I am amazed how fast she learns things. She confidently shares and show things she learns at BbP Library with pride. Made lots of friends, of whom she is always very happy to see. She loves drawing, spells her name, spells out words she sees, writes letters down, she can confidently count, at times she will read the newspaper headlines or a book and call items in the house and sound the letters out, followed by a sound and then the letter, its very pleasing to see that, she is adopting what she is learning in the classroom/library and bringing it home. I am very proud because she has come a long way within this 1 year and has a long way to go, she is looking forward to go to big school next year.
The stories below have been collected by Elizabeth Omeri, BbP's Literacy and Cross Cutting Issues Coordinator.
Valence Haro, age 9
Valance Haro is 9 years old and comes from Gulf Province. (pictured above left)
She resides at the Kerema block, at the large 9 Mile settlement just outside Port Moresby, where the children have no options for going to school. The distance to the closest school is 4 buses away.
Valance has been attending the library since its opening in August 2012 and she is one of our success stories for the library.Valance has four brothers and sisters and she is the fourth born and has never had the opportunity to access books or structured learning.
Valances' mother has noticed positive changes in her daughter and mentioned this to Sandy Kauk, the Head librarian at 9 Mile library. There is now a big difference in maturity between Valance and her siblings and her mother has great hopes for her daughter.
Valance never attended any school and BbP has made the best of her chance to attend classes and she has really improved in the last few months. She can now read and identify all letters, numbers, and is learning from the extensive Awareness programme - enabling her to pass vital messages on to her friends and family.
Deborah Kakayo, age 9
Deborah Kakayo, is a nine year old girl (pictured above right), who has never had any form of proper education prior to coming to the library located at Rabe village, Alotau, in Milne Bay Province.
Her father is an active member in his church music ministry and a subsistence farmer. Her mother is self-employed and although Deborah has to catch a bus to the library, both parents are very supportive of her education and ensure that she and her sister attend daily.
The library opened in January 2013 and Deborah has been attending classes since the very beginning and has shown great interest in learning new things. She is now able to read simple books using her sounds and likes to read all the books on offer. She enjoys the educational art and craft activities, singing nursery rhymes and reciting poems. She loves to write and is an active participant in sessions.
At home, parents say Deborah is very helpful in the kitchen. She likes cooking and doing other similar chores. In her free time, however, Deborah portrays leadership qualities in her ability to gather other children around her and teach them songs and new words she learns at the library.