Photo:Trainees with Buk bilong Pikinini (BbP) and OSF officers at the literacy induction training in Port Moresby last week.
The Oil Search Foundation (OSF) has accelerated its push for children’s literacy in the Tari and Kikori areas of Hela and Gulf provinces by funding a three-week induction training for seven new Literacy Librarians in Port Moresby.
Partner and Non-Government Organisation, Buk bilong Pikinini (BbP), is facilitating the training aimed at capacity building the librarians with basic skills to effectively teach early childhood literacy classes at the Foundation’s Literacy Libraries.
Of the seven, three librarians will teach at the Kikori Literacy Library that’s soon to be complete. Another three will teach at the new Habare Literacy Library starting in February while one will be posted to an existing library in Kuluanda established in 2017.
Michael Hano, BbP’s lead facilitator, said: “The foundational years of education are critical in making or breaking an individual in terms of their progress through the education system. The quality of reading and
writing skills of students entering high school and leading to tertiary institutions has dropped in the country. This is an indication of poor grounding of basic reading and numeracy skills at the foundational years of school,” Mr Hano said.
He said the training equips the librarians with knowledge on the basics of early childhood development and psychology, teaching skills, managing a class, how to teach phonics and fundamentals of coordinating programs and activities in BbP literacy libraries.
The librarians will also take with them resource materials which consist of teaching handbooks plus learning resources. Both new libraries have already been shipped 3000 books each which are now awaiting completion of the library buildings to be shelved.
The two new literacy libraries at Habare and Kikori come on the back of the huge success seen at the Kuluanda Literacy Library in Tari, which has drawn praise from partners as
well as parents of children who have attended literacy classes.
Effective partnerships between all stakeholders including OSF, BbP, Catholic Diocese of Mendi, Hela Education Department and the local community played a big role in this achievement.
Daisy Raburabu, OSF’s Program Manager, Leadership and Education, said the librarians are from the local areas where they will teach, further strengthening the partnership OSF has with these communities.
She said most of the librarians have had some elementary training and some have elementary teaching experience, which puts them in good stead to add more success to the literary library concept.
Ms Raburabu said OSF’s partnership with BbP will continue through the provision of three quarterly trainings as well as annual refresher trainings. The librarians are currently doing placements at BbP libraries as part of their training which ends on Friday, 26 January, 2017.