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Robert Kama hands over the computersBAL KAMA

THREE schools in the Gumine District have made history by becoming the first rural primary schools in Simbu Province, and possibly Papua New Guinea, to teach computer classes this year.

The Kama Scholars Foundation (KSF) donated eight computers to Gumine Primary School, five to Mul Primary School and five to Nondri Primary School, which is about 6-8 hours walk from Gumine Station.

With no road access, Nondri is commonly referred to as Bomai [South] because of its remoteness and lack of government services.

KSF assured the people that having modern technology at their school would be a first step towards their dream of modernisation.

Hundreds of community members turned up at last week’s ceremony to welcome KSF deputy chairman Robert Kama and his helpers who had travelled the eight hours journey on foot to deliver the computers and library books.

KSF also donated sporting equipment for the young people.

Bal Kama is working on his PhD at the College of Law at the Australian National University


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Lindsay F Bond

Announced 17/7/2020, Dr Bal Kama recognised for his PhD thesis and winning the Hank Nelson Prize awarded by the Australian National University.

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