Bringing the World to their Fingertips

Picture caption: Stakeholders trying out the E-Library program during the launch at Daru

DARU Secondary School is just the fourth education institution in the country to roll out and pilot an E-Library program, and is the largest in any school in Papua New Guinea. The first institution to utilize such technology was the Divine Word University in Madang.

The E-Library focuses on the distribution of electronic library packages geared to rural, third world communities.  It is a collection of up to date information in the form of electronic files that is put together in a format that can be used offline. This means that you do not have to have an internet connection to access the valuable information. The E-Library currently has over 50,000 documents spread over 300 categories, which consist of text, videos, sketches, images and details of cross-references and other relevant articles.

The project is jointly funded by the Manawete, Suki Fly Gogo, Kiwaba and Dudi Womens Associations at the value of K60, 000 and will benefit not only students but also the teachers at the school.  OTDF Program Services Sustainable Development (PSSD) Manager, Mr Eric Kuman was very pleased to see the South Fly women making wise use of their development funds.

“South Fly has had challenges in the last 5 years, but I am very happy to see the 4 Women’s Associations unite for the future of their children and the future of Western Province.” Mr Kuman said. He further challenged the students to take heed of the opportunity given to them and to aim high so that more students from the province make it into tertiary institutions around the country.

According to the Western Province Provincial Education Advisor, Mr Netsey Bairey, the initiative will greatly influence the students’ performance. “On behalf of the Governor, the Administration and Teaching Commission, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the CMCA mothers for taking the education level to new heights.”

He pointed out that Daru Secondary was once in the top 5 best schools in Papua New Guinea during the mid 70’s and this innovation might be the very initiative it needed to get back to its glory days. This sentiment was supported by the Principal of Daru Secondary School, Mr Robert Goinau who acknowledged that the project had brought the knowledge of the world to the Daru people’s doorstep. “You have brought knowledge, one of the most powerful things in life, right to our fingertips, thank you OTDF”.

Representatives from the 4 Women’s Associations were very excited about the project and called upon the students to fully utilise the E-Library resources.  According to Kiwaba Women’s Association President, Alice Kwause, student GPA’s in the province had dropped dramatically in the last 5 years and this has been a grave concern for most parents, especially mothers. “We want our children to excel in school and if the project works here we want to try it out in other schools in the province so that our young people can contribute positively to the province.”

This E-Library project was installed and commissioned by Ok Tedi Development Foundation.

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