Mr. Shane Chinau wished he had access to a better library when he was growing up; maybe then, he wouldn’t have done so badly in school.
These were the sentiments of the now program developer who is committing his time and knowledge towards helping students through the e-libraries that he creates.
“I was one of those students who didn’t do so well in school. Most times, I came last in my class,” says the program developer.
Mr. Chinau learned the basics of IT at the International Training Institute in Port Moresby.
“While I was studying at ITI, I realized that I needed to come up with a program that would enhance education for children particularly children from schools in the rural areas,” says Mr. Chinau.
The program developer understood the struggles of accessing fast, reliable and updated information in rural schools and he set about creating an e-library specifically for rural schools who have very limited reading and learning resources and little to no internet access in their areas.
“I feel like my school let me down, because we didn’t have a good library,” says Shane, thinking back to how he struggled to keep up in school.
Shane hopes that with his e-library, children in rural schools will not be left behind and struggling to keep up in school like he was.
“I dream of quality education for children in rural schools and I want them to have access to information and reading and learning materials that will help them in their studies,” Mr. Chinau said.
“The reading and learning materials that are available in the e-library that I have created, are information that I wish I had access to while in school,” said Chinau.
Mr. Chinau builds and customizes his e-libraries from his home, which acts as his office as well.
“I am still establishing myself, so I don’t operate out of an office space.”
“I am using my own home and my own resources to build up these virtual libraries,” Shane said.
The program developer said other e-libraries that are available in the country today are mostly built in other countries, unlike his program that is “home grown” and he is proud to be doing this.
Mr. Chinau has rolled out his e-library to about thirteen (13) schools across the country and last weekend he was scheduled to set up the digitized, paperless library for school children in Kupiano Secondary School in Central Province with more schools to follow suit.