Over 200 students attending Warangoi Elementary School in Pomio District, East New Britain Province will be benefitting from a digital library after the school received a Sparks Digital Library Kit.
The Digital library kit includes 40 Tablets preloaded with over 700 reading books with most of the reading books being written by PNG Writers.
The school also received 200 Solar Buddy lights for the students and teachers to use.
These solar lights are palm sized lights and can be used for long hours even if they are only charged for a short time.
“Early Childhood Education and learning is the most important foundation a child’s development and that is where we need to focus on and get it right so the child does not play catch-up when they progress to primary and high/secondary schools.”
“That is one of the aim of the project to boost early childhood learning by proving the Digital Library Kit and Solar Buddy Lights to all students and teachers.”
“We hope that this project will add value and enhance their learning to excel academically,” said Project Leader, Mr Jeremy John.
The donation was done by “Digitally Empowering Children to Read” which is an initiative by the Kokoda Track Foundation 2021 Archer Grant Winners.
Mr John added that Warangoi Elementary school is the first school to benefit from this project.
He further added that since this is the first project, they have not yet planned for the next school but the project will not only be limited to schools in East New Britain Province.
The school has been operating without a library and the teachers have faced challenges with reading materials and in preparing daily lessons for the children.
The project has been co-funded by the Kokoda Track Foundation, Mundango Abroad, BSP Financial Group Limited and also supported by Westpac PNG Bank Limited, Library For All, SolarBuddies, the Pomio District Office (Sinivit Local Level Government) and the ENB Provincial Education Office.