Life PNG Care (LPC) in partnership with the National Development Bank has officially launched the mobile education program (MEP).
The launching was held recently at the Baruni road side, which is one of two locations that the program has been piloted for the last two months. The latter is at Gerehu stage six.
MEP is an LPC initiative that targets unprivileged children between the ages of four to 14 years who are out of school or unable to get an education with a new lease on life by taking education to their doorsteps.
The program currently has 130 children registered; 50 attending the mobile school at Baruni while the other 80 attend the other location at Gerehu stage six who have been identified in the last five years through various projects conducted by LPC in the respective areas.
The curriculum used is the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) and elementary syllabus for beginners (ABCs).
Speaking at the launch, NDB Managing Director, Moses Liu said the concept of mobile education in the country is unheard of but seeing the positive response from the respective communities and the impact it is already having on the children within these communities gives a sense of contentment and indicative that such programs have the potential to change lives of these children.
The Bank’s partnership with LPC was forged two years back and together they have hosted two successful fundraising dinners to fulfil the goals of the charity group.
Meanwhile Education Secretary, Dr. Uke Kombra has described the program as being a noble and innovative initiative and has committed the support of his office to partner with LPC to develop the program further.
According to Dr. Kombra there are about two million children in school and an estimated 500, 000 children who are not accessing education.
The program was officially launched by NDB Managing Director, Moses Liu and Education Secretary, Dr. Uke Kombra.