Friday, April 1, 2011

New classrooms for Karkar Island schools

The National - Friday, April 1, 2011
TABEL Elementary and Primary School on Karkar Island, Madang, last weekend witnessed the launch of the new classroom buildings.
It is part of Digicel PNG Foundation rollout of new school infrastructure nationwide with the two schools each receiving two permanent classrooms.
Tabel Primary School received a new double classroom which took one month to complete.
Tabel Elementary was provided with 300 library books donated by Hope World Wide, slates and blackboards while the Tabel Primary was provided with 40 desks, a water tank and two bucket showers for the female students and a pit toilet.
The two double classroom kit-structure buildings, including an office space and related basic school materials were funded at a total cost of K250,000.
Tabel Elementary School started in 1995 and serves the people of Mangar 1 and 2, Kudu and Buson.
There are more than 200 children enrolled at the school and were taught by five teachers.
Tabel Primary School caters for the same communities as the elementary school and was established in 1958.
The are 342 students enrolled at the school with 12 teachers and is supported by the community through fundraisings.
Digicel Foundation chief executive officer Marina van der Vlies said communities on Karkar Island had shown that they could be self-reliant and look after their children’s basic education by fundraising and working hard to support their schools.
The Digicel Foundation singles out applications from those communities that are active in helping themselves with the little resources they have.
The foundation aims to initiate projects that will provide opportunities and inspire a positive and vibrant future for the communities within PNG.

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