4 Apr 2017

Mobile Schools reach new pupils in Port Moresby

From , 5:03 am on 4 April 2017

In Papua New Guinea, more than 500,000 children are unable to access the education system, according to government estimates.

That includes thousands of children in the capital, Port Moresby, where they grow up impoverished in squatter settlements, orphanages, even rubbish dumps.

In an attempt to give these children a basic education, a small local NGO, Life PNG Care, has created mobile schools to travel to settlements where children are unable to get to school.

With financial backing from the government and National Development Bank, the NGO has begun two pilot mobile schools in northwestern Port Moresby.

Life PNG Care's director, Collin Pake, told Jamie Tahana that while it's not clear how many children are not in school in Port Moresby, he's already having hundreds turn up to his.

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Photo: RNZI / Koro Vaka'uta