China hands over computers to Betikama school

Embassy Counsellor and Deputy head of mission, Yao Ming hands over the computers to representatives of Betikama College.
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THE Embassy of the People’s Republic of China last week handed over 24 computer monitors and one R240 Computer server to the Betikama Adventist College in Honiara.

The handover was made on July 27 by the Embassy Counsellor and Deputy head of mission, Yao Ming.

School principal, Partinson Bekala, Form 7 head tutor, Samantha Buka, former Form 7 class president Chrisdan Tonawane, together with representatives of teachers, students and parents attended the ceremony.

Deputy head of mission, Counsellor Yao Ming gave a briefing on the development of China and Solomon Islands relations and fruitful outcomes of exchanges and cooperation between two countries.

 He said that as a Chinese saying goes “It takes ten years to nurture a tree, but one hundred years to educate a person”.

 Education holds the key to a nation’s future. In the context of COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest, Betikama Adventist College has overcome enormous challenges and managed to make education opportunities accessible to the youth. China places high premium on educational cooperation with Solomon Islands.

“Hopefully by using the donated computers and server, Betikama students can improve their ICT skills and gain a better understanding of China and the world at large,” he said.

Counsellor Yao also called on students to undertake study tours in China and play roles as ambassador of good will to promote better ties between China and Solomon Islands and make contributions towards the development of this nation.

Principal Partinson Bekala shared the school’s historic background and expressed sincere appreciation for the Chinese Embassy’s valuable support.

 He said that since its opening 74 years ago, the school has remained committed to quality education and is among the prestigious high schools in Solomon Islands.

Most of the school computer facilities are out of date or inaccessible for ICT learning courses.

He said the timely donated equipment by the Chinese Embassy is instrumental for a better learning environment for students.

“Betikama Adventist College remains committed to promoting people-to-people friendship between China and Solomon Islands and will further facilitate students to learn Chinese language and Chinese culture.

After the ceremony, Counsellor Yao Ming was given a tour to the school’s computer laboratory and other learning facilities by Principal Bekala.