By BENNY SANDEKA
IN what is arguably the first in education to achieve the national government's Public Private Partnership policy, Pro Ma Systems Australia through its PNG office is supporting a literacy school for the under privileged children near Laloki outside Port Moresby.
St Peter's Literacy School is set to be opened by NCD Governor Powes Parkop today in the presence of representatives from Pro-Ma Systems, the National Literacy Awareness Council Secretariat, Goilala MP and Central province Governor, Alphonse Moroi.
The school is expected to take in more than 300 under-privileged children of Goilala origin and any other under privileged children in settlements around Port Moresby.
Besides an undisclosed financial contribution by the Pro-Ma Systems Australia to the school, the food supplement distributor has also organised tables, desks, library books and other essential materials needed to make these new education facilities the best.
An excited chairman and founder of the school, Peter Laiam said, once completed, the St. Peter's Literacy School will be one of the best literacy schools throughout the whole of NCD.
The school boasts a permanent classroom with shower and toilets for both male and female students. And according to Mr Liam, more classrooms, teachers houses and dormitories for the elementary students are coming on-stream as the year unfolds. They are planning to take up to grade six in the coming years. Currently, the facilities will cater for only elementary grades up to elementary year three.
According to the Director of the National Literacy Awareness Council Secretariat, Willie Jonduo, during the day, the literacy school will be catering for children whilst in the evening it will be taking adult literacy programmes.
The long winding road to establishing St. Peter's literacy school has humble, yet colourful beginnings. You can read full details of this story in the Niuscope Magazine coming to your bookstores soon.