Govt promise to invest more in ECD

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DEAR EDITOR, Radio New Zealand carried a news bulletin today, Wednesday, 31 October 2018, that the Solomon Islands Prime Minister, the Hon, Rick Hou, has said there are huge gaps in local health care, education and protection systems that are holding children back.

Mr Hou was reported to have said the government was introducing one year of pre-primary education, passing welfare legislation and providing better training for health workers.

I am particularly pleased of the promise made and very much hope there will be sustained efforts by the Solomon Islands government to fulfill the undertaking to make more investment in the early years of a child’s life, being crucial for development.

All Solomon Islands children need a better quality of education, a better school infrastructure, improved health care, clean drinking water, hygiene, sanitation facilities, awareness programmes and income sources for their parents.

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I feel confident all such concerns were on the mind of the Prime Minister when he reportedly made the promises I have outlined.

Yours sincerely

Frank Short

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