Back to school with 500 new desks

SCHOOLS within the catchment area of ExxonMobil’s PNG LNG plant have received 500 school desks and chairs with which to start a new year of education.

  • Staff Reporter
  • 26 January 2017
  • 13:14
  • News
 Back to school with 500 new desks Students from Boera Primary School thanked representatives from ExxonMobil PNG Limited for the school desks donated in December 2016

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The schools include Porebada, Boera, Papa and Lealea Primary Schools and Redscar High School, all of which each received 100 chairs and desks recently, enabling an improved environment of children attending those schools.
 "The future growth of the country lies in providing today's children with a good education and having well-equipped schools helps to provide a conducive learning environment," Exxon plant superintendent Al Sandoval.
"We hope the new desks will motivate students to study hard this year," Sandoval said.
Lealea Primary School head teacher Ranu Lari said: "The desks will make the children feel comfortable which will help them learn," adding that the school was very grateful for Exxon's support to help build the quality of education at the school.
Exxon said it had supported schools in Central and Hela Provinces and the desks had been either made or bought locally, ensuring local economic growth was encouraged.
Exxon has also funded infrastructure projects such as classrooms and teachers' houses, refurbishing existing school facilities and providing capacity building programs for teachers. 
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