Papua New Guinea
Rev Mandalaga Giawasi
Evangelical Church of Papua New Guinea
PO Box 3018
Boroko, NCD PAPUA NEW GUINEA
"In Papua New Guinea
we have maintained the languages Pidgin [Tok Pisin] and Hiri Motu,
and these two trade languages are used all over the country for
reading and writing. The Bible has been translated into these two
languages. But people going to schools are given only English lessons
from grade 3 to 12 and up to university studies. But the elementary
classes (Prep, class 1 and class 2) are done in other languages.
So we are promoting every child to learn in a language they know
[including Tok Pisin or Hiri Motu] before learning English in grades
3 to 12.