“The Library Books Donation was my dad, Miri Areori’s plan and so my family and I in honor of him started off the Karama Primary School Book Drive Initiative.”
“My dad saw that Karama Primary School back in our village really needed good educational facilities most importantly a library for the students.”
“Sadly, my dad passed away early this year and could not see alot of his project come through,” said Ms Alice Areori.
Karama Primary School is located in remote Kerema, Gulf Province and according to statistics collected by the late Miri Areori, the rate of grade 8 students making it into high school was very low.
Students don’t have a library to help them with their learning as well as their literacy level.
Miss Areori said that a Senior Teacher from the school who teaches English across Elementary to Grade 8 stated that it is very difficult to teach the children without resources like books as most children living in the village use their mother tongue and the transition from their mother tongue to learning how to speak English is quite difficult.
She added that all the books were donated by individuals and organizations and a total of 13 cartons of books have been delivered to the school.
Transporting the books to the school was made possible by the Kokoda Track Foundation as part of her scholarship benefits where recipients of the KTF Scholarships are given K2000 for a mini project in the recipient’s communities.
The Book Drive was Areori’s project so the money they donated was used to hire the vehicle to bring the books to Karama.
Areori further added that this is not the end of book donations as they hope to get as many books for Karama Primary School and hopefully slowly start building a mini library for the school.