AusAID: Mainohana Secondary Gets New School Facilities

The Mainohana Secondary School in Central Province will soon be called Mainohana Secondary & Technical School followingthe opening of a major development project yesterday.


It is a pioneer school inthe Kairuku District which had servedthe Central andthe Gulf Provinces; however, it had deteriorated after many years of neglect.

An Australian Aid project throughtheIncentive Fund has not only remodelledthe school, but will give it a new status.


On Tuesday,the school welcomedthe opening ofthe long awaited K9.7 million – Mainohana Development Project.


Present atthe opening was Health Minister Michael Malabag, former Minister for Education and Kairuku-Hiri MP Paru Aihi, Goilala MP Daniel Mona, Catholic Church Archdiocese Beushop Rokus Tatamai, and Head of Australian Aid in PNG Stuart Schafer.


The project covers a new six classroom double story building, new male dormitories and ablution blocks, trade classrooms and workshops, septic tanks, new fencing and footpaths.


Fther Brian Cahill, Vicar for Education ofthe Bereina Diocese, said this will give more opportunity for school leavers.


Former Minister and MP, Paru Aihi, commendedthe church in securing this development and thankedthe partners for revitalizingthe school which had a long history.


The project is part of over 120 million kina in education projects carrlied out around out nationwide throughthe incentive fund.


Head of AusAID in PNG Stuart Schafer said this was a gift fromthe Australian people.


“We have a strong commitment to support education…it’s a priority we share withthe Papua New GuineaGovernment in our partnership for development,” he said.

Representttingthe NEC, Minister Michael Malabagsaidthe current Government is committed to education and announced a K500 thousand grant tothe school.


The party wasthen taken for the official ribbon cutting, followed by an inspection ofthe new facilities.


It is saidthe new infrastructure will enhance education and employment opportunities for the people of Central province andthe surrounding provinces.

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