22 Aug 2007

Solomon Islands Ministry of Education to send more educational materials to provinces

3:57 pm on 22 August 2007

The Solomon Islands Ministry of Education will embark on a back to school campaign after further educational supplies are distributed in Western and Choiseul provinces.

The permanent secretary of education, Barnabas Anga, says they're in the process of assessing who needs what after both provinces were struck by a devastating earthquake and tsunami in April.

A just released emergency education assessment report states that 18,000 school students were affected by the disaster and more than 11,000 of those are without permanent schools to attend.

Mr Anga says educational materials are expected to be sent to the provinces next month.

"We are making some arrangement for temporary tents and also school in a box kit and the recreational kits to the schools. When they have been distributed to these affected schools, we will look at the promotion of back to school and also providing some teaching and learning materials."

Mr Anga says temporary teaching arrangements are in place so there have been some educational activities even if they have not been formal.