By JOE GURINA
CITIZENS of Hela Province who had never attended school before are now privileged to attain formal education through the Hope Institute set up by local MP James Marape.
Adults are enjoying learning through the adult literacy program.
The institution also offers second chance opportunity to students who have dropped out of the education system.
During the launch of the institute’s website last week, Mr Marape said the aim of setting up the institution was basically to have all the citizens of Hela to attain some form of descent education.
The Tari campus has more than 3000 students to be funneled into three main programs, the baseline adult literacy and numeracy program, the secondary school program that entails providing grades 7-12 courses in partnership with Department of Education’s flexible open distance education.
In the program, students are embraced and given life supporting skills through the TVET programs in agriculture and other altered economic generating learnt skills.
The institute was established through using the district’s DSIP funds over the last office years (2013-2016).
Mr Marape acknowledged his DDA (District Development Authority) members; and ward members in supporting the education program to support educate youths and bring them into the education system to gain better education.
“My district chose to invest in the education program and we’ve converted a once swampy area with quality learning facilities for education to start,” he said.
“Through this institution, I want to make students become better citizens in finding a fitting dwelling place to excel in their lives.
“It is more about abstaining them from drugs and alcohol.”
The campus has 16 classroom, 32 staff accommodation, boarding facilities including dormitory facilities that’s will cater 300 students, mess and a school bus donated by the MRDC through the Petroleum Resource Kutubu (PRK).
CEO of the institute Henry Rabuku said they plan to install e-learning raises the standard of learning in the institute.