People in Momsalop Primary School in Nawaeb District, yesterday opened a new classroom built from materials transported on foot over 20 kilometers.
Momsalop has no road access and is located in mountainous terrain. For the first time, in many years, Morobe ‘s political leaders travelled there. Situated in the heart of the great Sarawaget mountain range, Momsalop village is surrounded by rugged terrain and fast flowing rivers.
That makes it difficult for roads to be constructed, and people have to walk for several hours to get to the nearest road. The schools and the villages in the area can be accessible by a 15minutes helicopter trip from Lae.
Building materials for their double classroom were carried for 20 kilometers. The new classroom was built at a cost of K360 000, with counter funding from the district and Provincial governments.
Morobe Governor Kelly Naru and Nawaeb MP, Gisuat Siniwin, were on hand to open the classroom. Nawaeb district contributed K100, 000. For larger pieces of the building, the Morobe administration paid for 15 helicopter trips, to bring in some of the materials from Lae.
With the government’s free education policy, there have been problems like overcrowding in classrooms, and students missing out on learning. The new classroom is aimed at reducing this problem, and also provides a better learning environment for the children.
With the village’s remoteness and absence of road links, many families now rely on human resource that is through their children’s education. There are many schools and communities like Momsalop facing similar problems with no roads and bridges, but are still striving to achieve the best for their community.
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