According to the UNDP, almost 40% of Papua New Guinea’s population is living below the international poverty line and less than half the population of school aged children is enrolled in education.
In May 2010, Article 25 were appointed by Media4Good to work in partnership with a local not for profit group who had established a good working relationship with residents of the Kondipi, a remote village in the Western Highlands Province. Their aim was to build a school in Kondipi.
Article 25 conducted a two week feasibility trip in May 2010 to establish the needs and sustainability of a new primary school in this highland location. Six bespoke community participation workshops were designed and carried out to gather both quantitative and qualitative information from the Kondipi community, which consists of three different tribes. The workshops assessed the facilities that would be required within a school, local building skills and locally available materials.
The completed feasibility study is currently being used as a tool for raising funds for design and construction. Information gathered during the feasibility study can be used to design an appropriate school once sufficient funds become available.