BY MAVIS NISHIMURA PODOKOLO
ST Nicholas College students in collaboration with the Australian Government launched a book called Words and Pictures in Solomon Islands yesterday at the Heritage Park Hotel in Honiara.
The book features drawings and stories by students at St Nicholas, Solomon Islands and students from Footscray West Primary School in Melbourne, Australia
It offers visual explanations and tells stories about the culture and ways of Solomon Islanders through paintings and drawings.
It was supported by the Australian National Commission for UNESCO and was facilitated jointly by members of gallery Sunshine Everywhere and the college of Arts and Education, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australian.
Speaking at the lunching ceremony Ms Charlotte Clemens an art teacher said the book launched is part of the greater project in many other countries.
She said she is passionate about children’s education because it is very important for their mental health and also of how they express their selves through arts.
Dr Irene Paulsen a female Solomon Islanders who currently teaches in the College of Education and was part of the project team, adds by appreciating the students’ contribution in the completion the book.
“I appreciate students’ contribution through arts and stories and their working collaboration with the Australian National Commission in the completion of this very simple book project,” she said.
Moreover they worked with St Nicholas College because it was recommended by the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD).
Present in the launching were students and staffs from St Nicholas College, Australian Government representatives and representative from the MEHRD.