DANNY Konge is six-year-old attending an Early Childhood Education Class at Evedahana Primary School in 9-Mile, outside Port Moresby.
Last week, Danny led his group of other six-year-olds and read short story books in front of his parents, the Evedahana students and teachers, other ECCD students and the community of Evedahana.
He speaks confidently, spells his name in full and recited the vision and mission statement without a blunder.
Proud parents Moses and Nellie says he only stops reciting and practising what he has learnt in school only when he is sleeping.
He is teaching his younger brother Allan, 4, who attends ECCD classes as well. His parents say he is very well-mannered, knows when to say “thank you” and “excuse me” and cautions even his parents around road safety tips such as what to do before crossing the road.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
“Pilot,” Danny says confidently.
The Evedahana ECCD library is a partnership project between World Vision and Buk Bilong Pikinini, one of four libraries which are being built in World Vision’s project target sites around Port Moresby.
The library has been in operation for a year now and, according to parents, the results are astounding.
In just under a year, Danny and his classmates are already reading, spelling, writing and make presentations confidently in front of a huge crowd.
The project is a dream come true for the many parents and guardians, who have high hopes for their children’s future education and learning.
This is a first for many parents who already see differences in the rate of learning by their children attending classes at the library and with their older children who did not have this opportunity as their siblings.
Danny’s father Moses has high hopes for his son and believes Danny will succeed in his education.
“My dream and hope is that he can go as far as he can and I am ready to do whatever it takes to help him reach that,” he said.
“The ECCD library is very good because it educates children at an early and fast rate and it must be spread to where primary schools are.
“The children learn other virtues and practise it in school and at home. The government must look urgently into this area. The community here is very happy and cannot wait for their children to finish classes and move into formal education,” he added.
World Vision country director Curt von Boguslawski said this was an incredible opportunity for every child to learn in just one year, and the efforts of parents and teachers to make it work.
“The biggest thing that makes me happy is that children are starting to learn early and this is very important. We need to call on our leaders and government to participate in this kind of projects, to replicate it everywhere, in every school,” said Boguslawski.
Evedahana Primary School headmaster Wala replicated Boguslawski’s thoughts.
The partnership, an initiative of World Vision’s Port Moresby Children’s Education Project funded by World Vision Australia and Australian AID, is set to launch its second library at ATS next month.
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