BY BEN BILUA
UNITED Church Education Authority which owns Bilua School has acknowledged Save the Children and DFAT for assisting the school with proper hand washing facilities.
United Church Assistant Education Officer, Robert Riqeo said Save the Children and DFAT have shown the way forward in terms of building the capacity of schools to be resilient during this time of pandemic.
He said the completion of the project is welcoming news not only for students but also for the Education Authority.
On the same note, Riqeo calls on the school to improve the existing hand washing facilities to cater for students and staffs.
He also called on the students and staff to maintain and take good care of the facilities for long term benefit.
Principal Education Officer of Western Province, Freedom Tozaka said Bilua Primary and Secondary School have improved their resilience towards covid-19 and at the same time fulfilled one of the requirements under the amended National Education Policy.
He said the hand washing facilities are valuable assets that will enhance the students’ safety and also encourages hygiene practices.
“As we know, Western Province is exposed to covid-19 threat as it is close to the border between Solomon Islands and Bougainville.
“Our students are very vulnerable as such hand washing project is very important,” he said.
Tozaka reiterated that partnership is the only way forward to achievement education development goals.
He also acknowledged Save the Children, DFAT, United Church Education Authority and other stakeholders for successfully implementing the project.
Tozaka also congratulates Bilua School for being the first school to have proper hand washing facilities.
He calls on the school to take ownership of the facilities.
Save the Children yesterday handed over two water tanks and two hand washing stations for Bilua Primary and Secondary school.