Teachers and students at Hohola Demonstration Elementary school were treated to a surprise visit by BSP brand ambassador and PNG Kumuls star David Mead during the handover of a renovated library project at the school.
Mead was pleased to meet with the students and staff of the school to talk about sports and the power of learning through books at the handover ceremony on Wednesday 30th October.
He encouraged the children to read, adding that "Education and learning through reading contributed to improving their understanding of the world."
For the teachers and parents who were there to witness the handover, Mead added that, as parents, "It was important that every parent and teacher continued to brew the love of books in the youngsters and encourage the ability of reading and comprehension."
The project valued at K25, 000 was delivered to the school by the BSP Haus branch staff as part of its community project initiative for 2019. The renovated library and books will serve more than 300 students who live in and around Hohola Surburb in Port Moresby, NCD.
Hohola Demonstration Elementary school Head Teacher Mr Iia Ako acknowledged the Kumul star and thanked the bank for the commitment that will now raise the quality of education and help them reach their potential in delivering early learning knowledge to children.
BSP Haus Branch Manager Donna Gavu with BSP Brand Ambassador David Mead and School Head Teacher Mr Ako with students cutting the ribbon for the renovated library
"Books are a luxury for most schools as the online information becomes more accessible. But the core fundamentals remain in many of the schools in PNG, and the Nation's Capital, where books are the first source of information when there is no access to online information. We are pleased to have a library that continues to serve this purpose for our students and thank BSP and the staff at BSP Haus for choosing to renovate our library," added Mr Ako
BSP also handed over another library project to Gerehu Primary school through the BSP Gordons Commercial Centre Branch team today (Friday 1st November). The team revisited the project to renovate and donate 2 x air conditioners, chairs and tables for the children to use in the library to enhance students learning environment.
BSP has now handed over 29 community projects out of 48 planned projects, at a total cost of K750, 000 to date. The Community projects are delivered through the branches in each province.