The Member for Namatanai and Minister for Transport and Civil Aviation, Walter Schnaubelt, has concluded a weeklong electoral visit in his electorate with the grand opening of the Halis Primary School’s new 6-in-1 model classroom building on Friday, March 31st.
The school with a vivid history dating back almost 114 years to the time of early missionaries, is located few kilometers outside of Namatanai town in the New Ireland province and sits beautifully on a plateau overlooking the Namatanai Harbour in ward 12 of the Namatanai Local Level Government (LLG).
As a United Church agency school, it is one of the oldest schools in New Ireland Province established in 1909 by early Methodist Missionaries. In the early days it was known as ‘Lukbuk’ or reading school.
Gradually the school grew and changed overtime to a primary school status in 1997. During the official launch of the 6-in-1 classroom Mr. Schnaubelt commended the church and the school board for the partnership in making education a priority.
“The education sector in any government system or community is vital enabler for development. Without education, we will lack the knowledge to prosper and develop further. And as your leader, it is my responsibility to make education priority for all.
“With the new classroom building, I also urge the teaching faculty to lift your standard in educating our future leaders of tomorrow. Look after the school building and make the most out of it,” he said.
The member said he is keen in building two each of the 6-in-1 model classrooms for the six LLGs of the Namatanai district including Sentral Niu Ailan, Namatanai, Nimamar, Matalai, Konoagil and Tanir.
Schnaubelt named the new 6-in-1 classroom building as Butut Building in honour of the late Reverend Robinson Butut. Namatanai LLG President Joshua Soi, in the presence of the member and New Ireland regional Bishop Stanley Lavoi, was given the honour to cut the ribbon to officially open the new 6-in-1 classroom building, which was solely funded by the Namatanai District Development Authority at the cost of K1.5 million.
Meanwhile, prior to the opening of the Halis Primary School’s new 6-in-1 classroom, Minister Schnaubelt accompanied by Konoagil President, Mr. Isaac Tosel, was in ward 2 of Konoagil LLG on April 26, where he officially launched musical instruments for Amalgamated Local Church (ALC) at Rei village. Schnaubelt further committed K20, 000 towards the building of the ALC church while president Tosel committed K5, 000 as well.
He also officially opened a new double classroom and a teacher’s house at Dr. George Brown Primary School – Kudukudu, Matalai LLG on March 27. Matalai LLG president Augustine Topi and Namatanai LLG president Joshua Takin Soi were also present to witness the event.