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Media Releases, 31 August 2016

ExxonMobil PNG funds teachers' houses

ExxonMobil PNG, the operator of the PNG LNG Project, in its efforts to improve quality of education in its project impacted areas has handed over four new teachers houses to four primary schools near the LNG Plant site today.

ExxonMobil PNG believes that education is fundamental to giving children the best possible future and ultimately driving continued social and economic development of Papua New Guinea. As a result it has invested heavily in education within its workforce and in the communities it operates. 

ExxonMobil PNG Managing Director, Andrew Barry said, “PNG LNG was very proud to continue its support to communities in its project impacted areas.

“Teachers are fundamental to developing and inspiring future leaders of this country. Providing conducive environment for our dedicated teachers is important as it enables successful teaching and learning outcomes for students and in turn promotes children’s chances of achieving better learning outcomes, he added.

Deputy Provincial Administrator for Central Province Edward Kila, said houses for teachers has always been a great concern not only here in the Central Province but throughout the country and such support from partners like ExxonMobil is well appreciated by the Central Provincial Government and the Administration. 

He appealed to the four schools and the communities to look after the gifts and thanked ExxonMobil for recognising the need.

“The infrastructure will contribute greatly to improving the quality of education in Hiri-
West of the Central Province”, he said.

Each of the new teachers’ houses comes with four bedrooms, a 3000 liter water tank, water pump and power supply. 

Papa Elementary School and Porebada, Boera, and Lealea Primary Schools are the lucky recipients of these houses.

ExxonMobil PNG has been providing support to schools in the Project area since 2010 through funding of infrastructure projects such as building new classrooms and teacher’s houses, refurbishing existing school facilities and providing capacity building programs for teachers.