Papua New Guinea: Changing Lives Through Education

Changing lives through Education

Education in Papua New Guinea is a luxury out of reach for many children, with 40% of the population living on less than 1 US Dollar a day. The net enrolment for basic education is only 52.9%, and girls are often excluded from schooling entirely. In remote areas, there may not even be schools to go to.
This is the challenge that Crossroads’ partner is seeking to address.  This NGO is not only covering school fees for a thousand students a year, they are also actively seeking changes to establish new schools in remote areas. With an adult literacy rate of just 57% and children under 15 being 40% of PNG’s population, it is clear there is still a world of meaningful work to do. Crossroads is pleased to help with a shipment to improve their work and extend their reach.

Potential impact:

  • Hundreds of children will be able to go to school
  • Existing schools will be better equipped

 Shipment includes:

  • Primary and secondary school text books
  • Musical instruments and toys
  • Computers and computer desks for IT education

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Before and after: a computer lab constructed by our partner to teach secondary students

Tende Ogul lives in a very remote area in Papua New Guinea. From the nearest road it takes an astonishing 30 days of walking ten kilometres a day to reach his little village. This didn’t stop this community leader coming to the office of our partner. As he spoke his words, he was already in tears. He said he had a dream for a primary school for his village. However, he is getting old and he may not see his dream realised. After hearing his story, our partner applied with the Provincial Government for the Primary School to be approved. After six months, Kondipi Primary School was given the approval. Ogul had waited 15 years for his dream to be realised.  A new double story classroom was built. But it did not end there. An access road was also built by a volunteer service.  120 children now attend Kondipi Primary School.  Our partner supports the children by paying their school fees and providing them with materials.
Crossroads shipment will help this NGO to furnish more schools and to provide many more children with the materials they need to study.

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