Thursday, May 3, 2012
We got two mentions today in the papers for the playground – both Post Courier and the National – written by our public relations officer here at school. They had good sized spreads and pics…I’ll have to scan them in but meanwhile the Posts’ article can be found online:
By Jacqueline Ombeba
CHILDREN attending playschool at the PNG University of Technology have a new playground to play to their hearts content.
The playground was the outcome of a weeklong intensive master class or project week in which students studying architecture were tasked to design and build a safe playground for the community. The project week was a flurry of activities as students put their creativity to work by cutting and building a variety of safe play structures for the children. The 80 students, from second to fifth year of studies, organised themselves into eight groups and worked well into the night to complete the project.
The aim of the project week was to put value back into the community by contributing to a positive development and also give students the opportunity to work as a team and learn at the same time.
The co-ordinators of the master class Chris Dobunaba and Molly Felde engaged the assistance of the Rotary Club of Lae to source materials locally for the project. This partnership prompted assistance from Colorpak, Crosbies, Dulux, Dunlop KK Kingston and Niugini Builders. The unversity’s own projects office, Union Board and Timber and Forestry College also helped.
At the opening of the playground recently, president of the Rotary Club Anthony Whitfield said the club always looked for ways to help the community and the students’ project was an excellent community project the Rotarians were quick to get behind to support.
He said the Rotary Club would look for other projects later where they could engage the students.
Mr Whitfield said the students were real professionals in-the- making and was proud of them for putting their creativity and intelligence to do something for children
He noted that not many entertainment facilities for children were available in Lae.
The Architecture and Building Department organises two master classes in each semester for their students.