ExxonMobil PNG has partnered with WW Constructions in building a double classroom including office space for teachers, desks, chairs and a water tank for Maiari Salvation Army Preschool in Porebada village, Central Province.
The head teacher’s house and a church building next to the head teacher’s residence have served as classrooms for students since the school’s establishment in 2014.
This new double classroom means, a proper learning facility for more local children between the ages of five and nine and a reliable source of drinking water.
Administrator of Maiari Salvation Army Preschool, Captain Gau Simon, said it has been a challenge, teaching students with lack of proper learning facility.
“We are so grateful to ExxonMobil PNG for the new double classroom it has built for our school because the students will have a better facility to learn in and we can enroll more students,’’ said Captain Simon.
In handing over the classroom, EMPNG Logistics Superintendent, Scott Buechler, said, ExxonMobil PNG continues to invest in education within the project impacted areas because it recognizes the importance of education and the critical role it plays in the social and economic development of our communities.
“The Maiari Salvation Army Preschool will provide its students improved early education opportunities to grow into future leaders and valuable members of their community and country”, said Scott.
In 2015, EMPNG assisted Maiari with installation of 9,000 litres water tank filled with clean drinking water during the drought period. The following year, the company supported the school with early childhood literacy training for teachers facilitated by Buk Bilong Pikinini.
Maiari is a Salvation Army agency school with a student population of 81 children.
The classroom was constructed by local contractor, WW Constructions and funded and coordinated through ExxonMobil PNG’s Community Development Support program.