After 3 years of waiting the people of Metemana in the Lavongai LLG on Friday 11th February, finally witnessed the grand opening of a four in one classroom for the Ranmana Childhood Centre.
This was made possible through a K120,000 grant from the New Ireland Government in 2019 and the sheer determination of the school board and Local teacher Daniel Lasvut.
New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan was present to witness the occasion, along with members of the Provincial Executive Council, members of the New Ireland Education board including Chairlady Dr Kappa Malpo and CEO for Education Benson Apelis and a community awareness group from the Matalai LLG.
Sir J congratulated Daniel Lasvut and the School board for their persistence in ensuring the project eventually got completed despite the challenges. “Lasvut and the school board stepped forward with tools, skills and the right spirit to invent your children’s future out of your imagination. Your struggle was not in vain,” said Sir J.
Two flush toilets, Solar Street lights and a permanent flag pole stand were also erected.
“ People of Metemana, this is not wasteful SME giveaways like rice and tinned fish and noodles. This is solid Investment in the foundation for elementary education of our children. You never had this before, now you have it under my Government. This is what we call partnership,” said Sir J.
Sir J said the children will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to become smart, and work smart for New Hanover and New Ireland of the future.
“People of New Hanover, historically you are very determined, bold and smart people. Your forefathers were some of the history makers of Papua New Guinea. Leaders like Judge Konilio Tomarum, Brigadier General Carl Malpo, Walla Gukguk, Sitting Gion, Ilias Maris, Steven Taong, MaulKara, Maul Karau, Mane Isana and Marius Soiat.”
Other notable Lavongai’s were Boski Tom the first Papua New Guinean teacher, Tumat Sogolik Commonwealth boxer and Willie Sep International Soccer star.