Togoba Secondary School is located in the Tambul - Nebilyer district of the Western Highlands Province that shares a border with Southern Highlands to the south and Enga province to the west-northwest.
The school services the densely populated area of Togoba, with over 2000 students; the school has reached its student-holding capacity, not made easy with the aging buildings that house the students.
But students and staff of Togoba Secondary can now breathe a sigh of relief, all thanks to the US Government through the Pacific Unity engagement program, a bilateral Engineering Civic
Action Program conducted in the Asia-Pacific region in collaboration with host nation civil authorities and military personnel.
The Pacific unity mission is building two female dormitories for Togoba Secondary; with the demolition of old structures, site preparation and construction of the dorms.
This project will enable female students, access to comfortable living quarters whilst attaining their secondary school education.
The education of girls and women is still a major concern, with many families preferring to send males (over females) to school. This can be seen, as being eminent in many societies; and a practice that thrives in the central highlands of PNG.
It is also noted that many girls are turned away by the school due to lack of space.
With the availability of dormitories, girls can now hope for the best.
The aging infrastructure and facilities at educational institutions around the country continues to be a challenge for educators and students; with rural schools, such as Togoba Secondary, feeling the bigger pinch of the need to upgrade and maintain school buildings.
The timely gesture by the Pacific Unity engagement program, will in no doubt, be embedded in the hearts and minds of the Togoba people for many years to come.
The Pacific Unity engagement program is being implemented by approximately thirty Air Force construction craftsmen and support personnel from the Hawaii Air Nation Guard’s 154th Civil Engineer Squadron alongside active duty U.S Air Force and the PNG Engineering Battalion.
Provincial officials and construction tradesmenhave also joined the military personnel on site at Togoba Secondary.
This year marks the fourth iteration of the operation which began in 2010.
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