Bank South Pacific (BSP) Banking & Education team this week joins Buk bilong Pikinini (BbP) Library Learning Centre at Evedahana Primary School outside Port Moresby, to observe the 2020 National Literacy Week.
Present at the event was BSP Banking and Education Manager Gabriel Nangile and Banking and Education Officer, Naomi Sion, who conducted activities with the children, teaching them practical examples of planning and saving financially with BSP Kids Savings Account.
BSP Corporate Sponsorship Manager, Amelia Minnopu said, "BSP considers financial education a key part of our investment and commitment to the communities we serve. We believe teaching children from a young age the basics of early learning skills with an emphasis on literacy and numeracy is vital for a successful start to their education and career."
Adding that, "BSP contributed to the development of our children in PNG not only through basic numeracy and literacy skills but also through financial literacy, equipping them with real life skills to sustain and apply in their livelihoods now and in future."
Head Librarian at the Buk bilong Pikinini Library Learning Centre at Evedahana Primary School Rose Eunu, thanked BSP for choosing to attend their school in observing the National Literacy week with the students through the session.
With the theme for this year, "Merging traditional & Digital Learning", BbP has recently upgraded its numeracy and pre-STEM curriculum to provide children with an opportunity to learn through play and gain better skills in these subjects before starting school. The children engage in activities such as counting on abacus, shape sorting, measuring objects and body parts, finding materials and weighing them, assessing volumes and much more.
Founder and Chair of BbP, Anne-Sophie Hermann said, "It is wonderful to see the children so engaged in our new numeracy program and we are grateful to BSP for their generous long-term support. The BSP team have developed a very clever real-life application program, which paired with the BbP curriculum will make the children little number experts,"
Buk bilong Pikinini is also currently working on providing teachers and children with a digital learning platform and will be providing the children with an opportunity to increase their combined digital, literacy and numeracy skills in 2021.
BSP continues to support Buk bilong Pinkinini's Manus, Lae and Goroka centres with over K226, 000 towards their learning programs this year. Investing over K1.4m since 2012, we continue to ensure children learn to read, write and do basic maths from an early age.
Students engaging in presentaion with BSP Banking & Education Manager Gabriel Nangile