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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, April 28) – The Avatip Primary School is among educational institutions in Ambunti and Dreikikir, East Sepik province, which will benefit from K20million (US$6.1 million) in aid from the European Union. 

Others are the Ambunti Catholic Primiary School, Areseli, Drekikir and Drekikir Catholic Primary, Mahli, Bongos and Bakio.

The assistance is part of the Education Department’s Improvement of Rural Primary Education Facilities Program (IRPEF), which also covers underdeveloped areas of Jimi in Western Highlands province and Saidor in Madang.

The Avatip School was established in 1962 and its first two permanent buildings erected in 1967 are still standing. These are the headmaster’s house and a classroom.

Over the years other classrooms and teachers’ houses were constructed from bush materials.

Avatip Primary School now enrolls students from preparatory to Grade 8, and authorities have started plans to see this rating improved to include Grade 10 classes.

April 30, 2004

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