By Jack Lapauve – EMTV News, Port Moresby
A remote Community in the Sinesine-Yongomugl District of Simbu needs help to complete the first High School in the area.
The Gunangi Community gave up their land for the establishment of the Suai High School.
They believe the school will provide opportunities for girls to be educated, improve the illiteracy rate in the area, and to serve the Government’s policy of building schools in each LLG.
Gunangi is one of the most remote areas in Simbu Province. The distance and rugged terrain do not make it easy for the locals, who have put all their efforts to build a high school. They believe the school will not only open-up other Government services but improve the education level for their growing population.
It’s been 14 months since the first construction began in 2017. A total of 9 buildings, including two staff houses, have been built using initial funding by the Education Department, District and Provincial Government.
The school was purposely built in a central location, and will be supported by 11 feeder Primary Schools.
For this Community, all they want, is a change for a better living. Many of their resources have been exhausted to support the school’s construction to accepted standards. But they also want more support from authorities.
The Simbu Provincial Education Advisor says the process has been slow to help fast-track the completion of standard facilities such as classes, which are hoped to commence next year.
The Working Community believes if authorities prioritize the school, locals are confident in completing all its necessary facilities, including staff houses, dining hall and student dormitories.