The UPNG West New Britain Students Association has taken up the initiative to assist newly established high schools in West New Britain Province by providing books including text books.
This initiative came about after statistics showed students performed poorly in schools and the quality of education also dropped for almost all schools throughout the country.
UPNG West New Britain Students Association President Zeal Dau said their lifelong aim is to develop human capacity by addressing socio-economic and political issues based on relevant policies with their motto “learning today leading tomorrow.”
“It is important for students to be literate and to be fully able to participate in their communities.” A study was also conducted for the Association to truly understand the cause behind the book drive.
“As per the examination result of lower secondary school, we conducted a feasibility survey to identify the causes of drop out and concluded that some high schools didn’t have enough resource books.”
“We recommended that providing textbooks is one way that can solve this problem.”
The Students Association has so far received two pallets of books from an Australian NGO. The association is now calling out to the WNB Community to show support in making sure the shipment of books arrives at the province.
Dau added that the progress of the project reflects the effort of hard-working executives and effective contribution from the Association Members.