5 November 2018
The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is helping transport about 230 kilograms of textbooks and school uniforms donated by an Auckland school for a primary school in Papua New Guinea.
Group Captain Daniel Hunt, the Acting Air Component Commander, said a Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft on a scheduled flight to the Pacific was delivering the donated school supplies to Port Moresby today.
“Books are an important resource for learning and we are pleased that we could help hundreds of Papua New Guinea children access these resources,” Group Captain Hunt said.
Marina View School principal Maurice Young said the school was donating school uniforms, maths resources, junior journals and pencils to Onamuna Community School in Papua New Guinea’s Eastern Highland province.
“We understand that the school doesn’t have access to a lot of teaching resources and does not have Internet, so we hope giving them the hard-copy teaching resources would benefit the children,” Mr Young said.
“We are boxing up more journals and teaching resources and hope to ship them over.”
Onamuna Community School is a primary school for students from grades 3 to 5. The school opened in 2017 and has about 250 students.