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Library provides educational, recreational resources for children in Papua

  • Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura, Papua   /   Fri, March 16, 2018   /   03:00 pm
Library provides educational, recreational resources for children in Papua Pick your favorite books: Students of state elementary school SD Negeri Inpres Komba in Kampung Yobe, Sentani, Papua, read books in the library jointly built by Wahana Visi Indonesia, an NGO committed to the well-being of children, and insurance company Prudential Indonesia. (JP/Nethy Dharma Somba)

The new library at state elementary school SD Negeri Inpres Komba in Kampung Yobe, Sentani, Papua, has become an oasis for students.

The 361 students and 21 teachers could not hide their gratitude. They sang and danced while some released colorful balloons into the sky to celebrate the library’s inauguration on March 1.

“We have long dreamed of a reading house or a library and now it has been realized,” said principal Agustina Sokoy.

She thanked Wahana Visi Indonesia (WVI), an advocacy group committed to the well-being of children, and multinational insurance company Prudential Indonesia for making their dreams a reality.

“We hope this library can increase our children’s interest in reading,” said Agustina.

SDN Inpres Komba is one of two schools, including SD YPK Babrongko in Sentani Lake, which received libraries.

WVI chairman Doseba Tua Sinay said the libraries also provided active joy and effective learning method training and financial literacy activities.

“With support from Prudential, 480 children will benefit from the improved learning facilities at their schools. More than 1,800 children will also benefit from the literacy training program we have provided to 27 teachers in Jayapura regency,” added Doseba. (ebf)

Showing gratitude: Students and teachers celebrate the opening of the school's library, which was inaugurated on March 1.Showing gratitude: Students and teachers celebrate the opening of the school's library, which was inaugurated on March 1. (JP/Nethy Dharma Somba)