Caption: (R) The chairman of Panuselu Community School James Langanei receives the desk from PIMS Director Norman Sike.
By REUBEN POKANAU – Cs1 Media
MANY cash-strapped rural schools are doing it tough at the beginning of every school year.
The delay in the release of TFF funding from the Education Department can affect these school.
But, one community school in rural Manus celebrated recently when it received 40 new school desks.
Panuselu Community School on Rambutso Island on the south east of Manus received the desks from the founder and director of Port Moresby Institute of Matriculation Studies (PIMS) Norman Sike.
Panuselu located in the center of the island is one community that struggles to make ends meet every day. Economic activities are limited to fishing and gardening the occasional coconut oil production for cooking.
The cost of travel to the provincial capital Lorengau some two hours away is very expensive and educated islanders outside the province working become the only hope to sustain the needs relatives in the village.
Mr Sike said: ‘Without educated people in the Panuselu means you will continue to be poor and struggle in all facets of life, ‘Nogat save blong yu nogat mani blong yu’.
“I will not give you bags of rice. Flex cards and money these will be gone in days but I will give you these 40 desks as your future depends on these desk for the good of your family, the Panuselu community, Manus and PNG.”
Himamai Mosim head mistress of the school told the students and parents during the presentation that the school does not have funds to buy desks.
“What can I say this an unexpected gift from somebody who is not from Rambutso Island but committed to improving the education standard in Manus,” she said.
Jonah Paranis P&C chairman thanked Mr Sike for his assistance to the schools.
The school has more than 200 students and 7 teachers. It was established in 1978 and has produce some fine PNG professionals in different fields.
It also hosts the LLG government station on the island and recently the national government through its water transport program built a jetty at Panuselu.