The 2018 AMS Christmas Appeal will this year feature 4 projects from the Pacific Island region. Please join with us to support these projects.
St Joseph’s College Mabiri came into being after the civil war destroyed St Joseph’s College Rigu, in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea 20 years ago.
The Marist brothers and staff at St Joseph’s College aim to provide a quality education for the young men and boys from Bougainville, however the college is significantly under resourced, especially in regard to IT equipment.
St Joseph’s College Mabiri has over the years provided quality education and skills training for many young Bougainvilleans, giving the students hope for their futures and the development of their communities. The school currently caters for approximately 600 students ranging from kindergarten to Junior High School as well as offering vocational training. The Division of Education in Bougainville mandates that all Junior High Schools are to teach computers but St Joseph’s, like most schools, has never had computers.
A computer room has already been constructed and 20 new computers were recently purchased and installed with the first students having their first ever computer class not long after. The College is now fundraising for the next phase of this project which is to purchase an additional 20 computers which will fill the laboratory. These computers will be sourced in country in order to support the local economy and facilitate back-up and maintenance.
Access to education is very difficult for young people in Bougainville, which contributes to lower school enrolment figures. Your support of this project will create opportunities for young men in remote communities to reach their academic potential.