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Reference : V-P-PG-E-00293
Date : 31/10/2022
Country/Region : PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Caption : Southern Highlands Province, Wabi community. A ward councillor and a teacher stand in the community's newly rehabilitated school. Thanks to the ICRC, the school, which was destroyed in 2019 during the tribal violence, has benefited from reconstruction, new desks, blackboards, sports and stationery supplies for the students.
Photographer : CONTADOR KELSALL, Emily
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website, article 09.12.22:

"From destroyed classrooms to future dreams: how one school in PNG’s Highlands is rebuilding

"My books, pens, and everything was burnt down and destroyed and for two years, I was not able to go to school," says Glenda Aldor, 8th grade student at Wabi Primary School.

Wabi School in Papua New Guinea's Highlands was shaken by a tribal fight that broke out in late 2019 and the school had to close for years.

Fighting across the Highlands impacts students' access to education. Sometimes schools are destroyed in fights, sometimes it's too dangerous to make the journey to school and students can't attend.

Now the school has become a place of peace following long negotiations and peace talks between the fighting communities, aided by neighbouring neutral communities who pushed for peace.

In November 2022, community leaders discussed a path forward at the school grounds - between piles of materials the community brought to the school, water tanks installed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and other classrooms waiting for repair.

The ICRC works in the Highlands to support access to education. (...)
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