MAPRIK District has seen much needed improved service delivery in the last couple of years by the Government and also the churches and other agencies.
On Thursday last week, the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School was filled with excitement as they had their four in one classroom opened by their National Member for Parliament Hon. John Simon, the Town Mayor Hon. Paul Dingu and the East Sepik Province Deputy Governor Hon. Ian Samuel.
According to the school’s head teacher Mr. Bernard Jinagi the classroom which cost as total of K420, 000 was built by the AUS AID through its Strongim pipol, strongim nation program.
“This classroom is one of the unique buildings in Maprik District and also East Sepik Province and we are proud to be part of this great achievement for the school. We believe this will also create an interest for the teachers to teach and the students to learn,” said Mr. Jinagi.
Mr. Jinagi said that the four in one classroom took the school about four months to complete with hardworking parents, teachers, management board and also the construction company was committed and hardworking.
The Town Mayor Mr. Dingu who is also the project chairman of the school added that the school is very fortunate to be one of the five successful applicant out of more than 3, 000 applicants to have a building built by the AUS AID.
“It is the will of God that we have this classroom and we will continue to seek his will and guidance. We take this time to thank our parents, teachers, board and the community for the support. But most of all, we would like to show our appreciation and give thanks to the AUS AID for their support in seeing this new classroom for our school,” said Mr. Dingu.
Mr. Dingu also encouraged the people to be prepared for the developments taking place and will take place in Maprik.
He said that they are also thankful for the initiative their leader and Member for Parliament Mr. Simon has in developing the basic educational services in the district and especially to having education as one of the major priority in the District.
The Catholic Education Secretary Mr. Patrick Karum also extended his gratitude towards the donor agency AUS AID, the Member for Maprik Open Hon. John Simon, the teachers and board of the school, the parents and the service providers for the new building.
“I congratulate everyone involved in this new development in the school. I would also like to extend my appreciation to our National MP for the outstanding support he gives to the education system in our district. I also Mr. Dingu for the leadership quality in taking the initiative to have this classroom built,” said Mr. Karum.
The Member Mr. Simon added that the district has some of the best raw talents naturally and it does not matter where they are taught as long as they are taught well.
Mr. Simon congratulated the school in its great achievement and encouraged others to never give up as even though schools may not have the best classrooms, some students from Maprik hold great positions in this country and the world.
“Regardless of the situation, we have done well and we need to continue to work together to improve our buildings and systems in the district,” said Mr. Simon.
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