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School Desk Project

School Desk Project
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The Need - Urban Drift into Port Moresby together with a birth rate of over 3.5% has seen the population of Port Moresby increase by over 2% a year. The result of this has been that primary schools have 60 or more children in a class. Many classrooms have insufficient desks in them and in some all the children are sitting on the floor. All schools are expanding and all schools are short of desks.

Rotary Clubs in Australia have been bringing in surplus desks from their local schools to DIK/RARE and very generously paying for the freight of the containers to ship them to PNG. However, shipping costs have and are increasing all the time and because the desks and chairs are ‘free’, ‘smart’ and ‘single’ they are easily movable and disappear off to the children’s and teacher’s homes. Moreover, it is difficult to repair these desks.

The Solution - Rotary Club of Boroko has been trialling the building of double wooden desks designed by Rotarian Graham Rowe, diagram attached. The plywood from which they are built is grown and manufactured locally in PNG by PNG Forest Products. Using templates provided by Graham the parts for the desk are then cut and parcelled into “kits” for the schools to assemble and thus we hope there is a sense of ownership by the school. Importantly, being double desks with seat attached they are less movable and having helped
construct the desks they will also be able to repair them if and when they get broken.

The “Kit” or Materials – To build the desks The Rotary Club of Boroko would provide the schools with the “Kits” of the required materials already cut and ready to assemble who with the help of our Carpenter and Interact Club members would show them how to put them together. A “kit” consists of:

  1. Ten sheets of 18mm ply
  2. Two Desk Patterns
  3. One bag of 1 inch nails
  4. One bottle of Wood Glue
  5. One 4litre tin of Varnish
  6. Carpenter’s wage


A “Kit” will make 20 double desks and seat 40 to 60 children

Support Our Desk Project – If you are interested in helping our club in providing our Port Moresby children with a desk to sit at please sponsor one or more “Kits”

Rotary Club of Boroko – Operating Account
Kina Bank - Port Moresby Branch
BSB 028 038 Account # 21972013

Desk Project
Contact Details:

lionel.melville@gmail.com +675 81749893 0r +61 4 6643 4431
Trevor (IPP) tbirney3@gmail.com +61 4 9765 4009