SETAKA Adult Literacy School in Wosera Gawi district, East Sepik, received a cheque for K12,000 from the National Literacy and Awareness last Thursday.
Director of the school and founder of the ORE (operation rausim English) education programme, David Ulgu said the idea of ORE first struck him after he saw the number of dropouts in 2012.
In 2013, Ulgu started the school and enrolled its first students in September of that year.
Ulgu said the ORE education programme was not to remove the English language, but to help students to reach their full potential, where the students were taught Tok Pisin literacy that was made up of 22 alphabet letters.
“Tok Pisin em tokples blong yumi na sapos yumi lainim ol pikinini blong yumi long Tok Pisin ol bai lainim ol sumatin gut na understandim na planti bai ino ba fail (Tok Pisin is our language and if we teach our children in Tok Pisin, they will learn and understand more and many would not fail),” he said.
He said Tok Pisin literacy would help to decrease the number of dropouts in the education system.
He said if other countries like Japan and China teach in their own language, why not PNG.
Currently the school has four classrooms, four teaching staff and 130 students.
Ulgu said the K12,000 would be used to build another new classroom as many students in the Maprik and Wosera Gawi districts had shown interest in learning.
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