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Reference : V-P-PG-E-00294
Date : 31/10/2022
Country/Region : PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Caption : Southern Highlands Province, Wabi community. One of the classrooms that was looted during the tribal violence that took place in late 2019. The ICRC is working with community members to rehabilitate the school and classrooms, providing desks, blackboards, sports equipment and stationery.
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

Classrooms stripped bare. Inside a classroom that was looted during the fighting. Using concrete donated by the ICRC and gravel gathered by the community, the floors of this classroom will be repaired so students can attend classes here once again.

"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. (...)"
Original material : digital
Resolution : 5348x8018
Orientation : portrait
Colour/B&W : colour