Three to five-year-olds will benefit from the establishment of the Kikori Literacy Library as it prepares them for entry into the formal education system.
The library will be set up in the United Church grounds in Kikori. A third library is being rolled out for Habare, also in Tari, after the recent signing a contract with the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
The Oil Search Foundation will fund the library, the United Church will administer it, and Buk bilong Pikinini, with which the foundation already has a partnership agreement, will provide technical, training and other support.
The foundation's Stephanie Copus-Campbell signed the Kikori agreement with Kali Sete of the United Church, which paves the way for the start of construction.
The Catholic Church in Kikori has shown its support by donating materials for a kit learning space in the library, which will be extended by the foundation. The foundation also plans to work with the Catholic Church to roll out a floating library for children in Kikori who, because of their isolation, do not have access to formal education or literacy materials.