By: Sharon Pondros, Senior Program Officer, ChildFund Papua New Guinea
Digorobu Primary School was the hub of excitement as students, parents, and teachers witnessed the handover of school desks among other teaching and learning aids.
The school has 8 classes and approximately 100 students. Recent government assistance was sufficient to construct a double classroom, leaving important basic teaching and learning aids and desks very low on the priority list. This leaves students and teachers making do with whatever resources they have to create a better environment for learning
ChildFund recently delivered 72 sets of desks, 7 tables and cabinets among other assistance for both students and staff to improve and aid their learning. Receiving the desks on behalf of the students and the community, a jubilant headmaster Mr Albert Kila said,
“The government and the school will not be able to provide us with these kinds of things. We are so happy and thankful to ChildFund not only for the students’ desks but also other things that you provided the teachers and our school board with.”
Echoing similar sentiments is teacher student representative, Daniel Tau Stanley, who said the students are very happy about the new desks and it will motivate them to go to school every day and learn more. He acknowledges that such gestures show that other people care about our education and our future and is hopeful that other children like me will be inspired to attend school.
“I am jealous, as I have never had the privilege to sit on a desk,” said parent Dominic Inara. Speaking on behalf of other parents, he challenged students and teachers to look after the desks and other teaching aids as such privileges are never at their fingertips. Summing up the speeches was the district school inspector Mr Karowin Tau. An emotional Mr Tau extended his satisfaction and sincere gratitude to ChildFund for the great work.
“I have been a school inspector for some time now and in Rigo District I have 60 plus schools in my care. Every time I go around to the schools, my heart breaks to see how students struggle everyday to go to school and sit on the ground or old desks falling apart to learn. I am grateful to ChildFund and would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to them for the great work they are doing.”
As the day draws to an end, the team departed with a sense of satisfaction that together as a team, ChildFund has put a smile on a child’s face and that’s what we are for.
This project is funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme. To find out more about the way ChildFund works in countries like Papua New Guinea, visit The Way We Work page.