Since 2014, the Lasallian Foundation and its partners have been providing financial support to the PNG Lasallian Family office for the East Sepik Remote Schools project.
This project provides focused resourcing, a support network and professional development for teachers in rural and remote schools in East Sepik Province in Papua New Guinea. The project is managed by the project officer who is based in Wewak, the main city of East Sepik Province.
In 2021, the Lasallian Foundation provided the PNG Lasallian Family with $9,000 from the Lasallian Foundation to fund this project. Of the $9000, La Salle Kagoshima (Japan) contributed $2,940 and the remaining $5,160 was contributed by the Lasallian Mission Council through its annual grant to the Lasallian Foundation.
Earlier this year, Schola Manembe , Project Officer- Lasallian Resource Centre and Grace Wrakia, Coordinator- PNG Lasallian Family wrote to the Lasallian Foundation to thank benefactors.
Your support in funding has made it possible for the teachers to use the services the Resource Centre, as well as enabling it to print resources they need in the teaching of the young in East Sepik Province. It has also printed formation material that helps teachers gain better ideas when they come together for monthly Lasallian formation activities.
The Main Beneficiaries are; Students and Teachers in the East Sepik Province, St. Mary’s Primary School, Karasau Primary School, Karasau Elementary School, Ibab Primary, Ibab Elementary, Walis Primary and Tarawai Primary School. Lasallians in Aitape; St. Anne Primary School. The Services provided were mainly focused on printing as this is one of the main services requested by and provided for teachers. Resources printed included; formation material such as prayers, Cloze Reading Exercises for students were printed and sent to schools, Standard Based Curriculum materials were also printed and finally binding of resources.
The project currently costs AUD$9,877.00 and includes the salary of the project officer which assists 12 teachers directly and hundreds of students annually. The current challenge faced by the remote schools project is the supply of paper and ink cartridges.
Finally, the Lasallian Resource Centre looks forward to hosting its first School Leadership Workshop in August. With collaboration and support from Lasallian Leaders in the province and from the National Office in Port Moresby, the Workshop hopes to empower and enrich school leaders in the schools who benefit from its services.