STUDENTS from the Homa Paua Primary School in Hela Province are the latest recipients of a refurbished classroom, thanks to operator of the PNG LNG Project, ExxonMobil PNG Limited.
In partnership with the Evangelical Church of PNG and the local community the full maintenance of a double classroom for grade five and six students was carried out. Complementing the improved learning environment was the supply of 40 new desks.
The refurbishment of the double classroom is part of ExxonMobil PNG’s commitment to assisting upgrade in schools in PNG LNG project area communities.
“With the classroom being such an important place in the growth of a child it is important that we ensure that the learning environment is one that helps students thrive,” said ExxonMobil PNG’s Pipeline Supervisor Patrick Blackmon.
“When students have a safe and comfortable place to learn, they have the best opportunity to receive quality education. We must remember our children are our future,” added Blackmon.
Surrounded by smiling faces, the teachers explain that they face many challenges in their line of duty.
“Teaching in remote areas is not easy especially when you have limited resources,” explains head teacher Jonathan Ogoli.
“We face many challenges but we keep going because we are determined to build a stronger nation, and support from ExxonMobil PNG is helping us do that.”
“A large amount of a child’s time is spent sitting in a school classroom and it is our responsibility to ensure they are comfortable to learn,” Mr Ogoli added.
ExxonMobil PNG has refurbished and built new school facilities, distributed books, sports equipment and school materials across its Project footprint since 2010. It is also helping to build the capacity of teachers by facilitating training and the provision of teachers housing for a number of schools.
ExxonMobil PNG Limited (EMPNG) has also recently supported schools surrounding the LNG Plant and the Hides Gas Conditioning Plant with awards for their 2016 end of school year graduations.
Top performing students from pre-school to high school from 24 schools in the proximity of ExxonMobil PNG’s sites received stationeries and stationery vouchers from EMPNG as awards.
At ExxonMobil PNG we believe that education drives social and economic development in society as well as improve living standards.
“We believe that education is the cornerstone to Papua New Guinea’s future and we will continue to help PNG secure its future, through education,” said ExxonMobil PNG’s Community Development Support Manager Sisa Kini.
“The children are the future and they have a critical role to play in the long term economic and social development of Papua New Guinea. There is no better place and time to start than in school,” said Ms Kini.