The education system is Papua New Guinea uses English as its language of instruction. Reading and writing ability in English however remains a significant challenge for many children progressing through all levels of education.
Oil Search Foundation realises that helping to improve literacy levels in early childhood, elementary and primary school level children empowers them to be effective learners and students as they journey through the national education system.
In partnerships with communities and various stakeholders, literacy libraries are built and maintained to help children start their education well.
OSF currently partners with the local NGO, Buk bilong Pikinini, to manage and run literacy programs for 3-5 year olds and school aged children. Given that women’s literacy is also critical in supporting all aspects of child development including the retention of children in schools, our literacy programs will also provide opportunities for women to increase their literacy skills.
Literacy programs also provide opportunities and synergies for introducing health and gender literacy and education.