Digicel Foundation

Where it all started

Barakau village was the first recipient of the Foundation’s classroom structure, 10 years on, it is again the first to receive a double-storey classroom, as part of PNG Digicel Foundation’s 10 year celebrations.

Rigo health services expected to improve

This is an initiative of the Digicel Foundation in partnership with the office of the Member for Rigo and the District Development Authority.

The partnership for the purchase of the mobile health centre was signed on Monday, November 12th.

Many sectors in both districts and provinces lack resources and facilities and in the health sector, mobile health services or fully kitted ambulances is one of the vital resources that is lacking; and this is no exception for Rigo District in Central Province.

Digicel Foundation celebrates 10th anniversary

Today marks the Foundation’s 10th anniversary since its launch in 2008 and to commemorate the event, the Live, Love, Learn campaign was launched by Digicel Foundation CEO, Beatrice Mahuru, in Port Moresby.

In a gathering this morning, Mahuru said Digicel Foundation remains a vested partner in the social development of our communities and the foundation is doing this by creating awareness for how its investment has impacted its beneficiaries. 

Digicel Foundation opens classroom in Seme- Dagoda

The opening and launching of the duplex classroom and two ablutions buildings will house the 67 students from prep to grade 2.

Established by the European Union, Seme- Dagoda elementary school was built and took in its first lot of students in 1988. Since then it has not seen any form of infrastructure or development within the elementary school.

In a small milestone gathering on Thursday, the schools board chairman, Taha Maiva said the assistance by Digicel Foundation is a relief to their struggles of infrastructures for the elementary school students.

39 graduate with early teaching certificate

A total of 15 teachers from the Central Province, 15 from the nation’s capital and 9 from Gulf Province were the focus of the main celebrated event.

Early Childhood Teaching representative, Mara Wape, upon welcoming the graduands, encouraged them to teach with passion and care for the children.

He said few have the passion to teach children to have very high success rates.

“You graduands came with this quality and the PNG Digicel Foundation has identified that quality in you.”

Rural Sepik schools receive classrooms

Jacob Malken, Senior School Inspector and Acting District Education Manager was overjoyed for the infrastructure development in his area stating that it was one of the strongest classrooms he has ever come across.

He said the classroom gives children access to a conducive learning environment and through the transformation, parents would be motivated to push their children to pursue education.

Foundation delivers despite logistical challenges

The country has many remote communities that are left behind on the education development journey simply because they cannot be reached.

One such rural and remote community is Tokoro Village in the Torokina LLG of South Bougainville District which is home to Tokoro Elementary School.

Only accessible by sea and with no access to telecommunications networks, the Tokoro Elementary School made a determined effort to overcome serious challenges to have their bid for development delivered to Digicel PNG Foundation.

​Double Independence celebrations for rural school

“To be funded a classroom is a blessing but to be rewarded with a library is a beautiful miracle!” Waima Elder Baki exclaimed at the opening ceremony.

The Waima Elementary School was established in 1995 by the United Church mission agency. It has classes from E prep to E1-2.

In 2015, they successfully applied for a double classroom worth K140,000. In the ensuing years, this humble little school in the village continued to show sustained improvement in attrition, increased enrolment in numbers, clean school grounds and they even built a picket fence to keep animals out.

Digicel Foundation: Education a key priority

The library is courtesy of Digicel PNG Foundation' rewards program.

The fully kitted library comes 2 years after the donation of the elementary classroom.

Before officially opening the library, Digicel PNG Foundation CEO, Beatrice Mahuru said education is the single biggest investment by Digicel PNG through the foundation.

"Human Resource is the most valuable assert any community and country has. Oil, gas and the extractive industry will deplete one day, but Human Resource will remain" she said.

​New learning centre for Gabagaba

CLC Kapa Structure for Gabagaba is expected to improve the village’s efforts and capacity in early childhood learning.

Yet, it is sad to say that many of these young enthusiastic learners, who strive every day to learn the alphabet, only enter into a formal education system where not all of them will have the opportunity to go further.

Gabagaba United Church chairman, Miria Ume, put that into perspective saying that early childhood learning is the first step at trying to bridge that widening gap.