A Bek Belong Pikinini library will be built overthe next couple of weeks inthe Tatana-Araira community in Port Moresby.
A ground breaking ceremony took place recently to signifythe establishment of this important educational resource for Papua New Guinea children.
The local community converged with representatives from City Pharmacy Limited, Stop ‘N’ Shop management andthe Embassy of Swithzerland in Australia atthe Tatana-Araira United church grounds, to withnessthe ground breaking ceremony.
The Bek Belong Pikinini library. It will givethe community access to literacy materials and improver children’s learning capacity.
Stop ‘N’ Shop supermarketoa subsidiary of CPL Group, will fundthe running ofthe library.
The library building itself is sponsored bythe Embassy of Swithzerland in Australia. The Embassy hopedthe library will awaken children’s pleasure for reading.
Community representative Maru Korahi said this isthe first time an important asset has been provided for the community.
Bek Belong Pikinini was established in 2007 with a mission to try to help increase literacy rates amonPNG children by setting up libraries in communities.
Bek Belong Pikinini’seeks to provide learning opportunities for the most vulnerable children who miss out on formal education, and also support those who go to school but lack essential literacy tools.
Eleven libraries have been set up; each with more than two thousand high quality children'’s books as well as educational toys and craft materials.