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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Mar.23) - AUSAID has provided K7 million (US$2.1 million) to six schools in Manus Province to rehabilitate equipment.

The schools that will receive funding are the Evangelical Church of Manus High School, Bundrahei High School, Manus Secondary, Mokoreng Primary School, Naringel Primary School and Ndrolokou Primary School.

Provincial Education assistant administrator Pompiran Kuyei said the infrastructure facelift would benefit more than 1,300 students. 

Mr Kuyei said the assistance was part of the agreement between Australia and Papua New Guinea on the asylum seekers project.

He said buildings at the schools were old and was happy to welcome the facelift to the schools’ infrastructure.

He said the assistance was reciprocal — the Manus people gave land at the Lombrum Base center for the asylum seeker center and the Australian government offered the K7 million funding.

Mr Kuyei said some AusAID officials would visit the schools this week.

But the chief executive officer to the Provincial Administrator Wilson Kuve said that the trip by AusAID officials to the province has been deferred indefinitely.

March 29, 2004

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