MORE elementary schools are needed in most villages in Gulf to increase the literacy rate of the province to meet the national literacy standard, a local leader says.
Fred Eovo, the chief of Uritai village, in East Kerema, said lack of literacy was one of the contributing factors to the uncontrolled alcohol abuse, sexual assaults, child abuse and wife bashing experienced in his community.
He said children who never learned to read and write, grew up without proper knowledge and better understanding to tell wrong from right, thus ended up creating lot of problems for others.
“Dissemination of educational information through media, such as newspapers, television and radio, to educate young people in the province was poor. There is poor reception of NBC Radio Gulf for many years now,” Eovo said.
Two community leaders of two villages said with no proper education given to the village children, that had resulted in bad behaviour and misconduct in communities. Ricks Nalawaku of Nukeva village, in Taurelakekamo LLG, Kerema, said he needed an elementary school to bring positive changes to benefit the people and help develop his village.
Clement Joseph, a leader of Yeva village, on the border of Gulf and Morobe, said there were no forms of basic services there.
The leaders raised their concerns during their MP Richard Mendani‘s visit to their villages during Independence anniversary.
Mendani distributed Independence celebration funding of K50,000 that was allocated by the Government for the people at the district level. Officers from Mendani’s offic took note of each issue that four villages had raised.
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