Schools focus on autism awareness

Saturday April 07, 2018 Written by Published in Education
Schools focus on autism awareness

Apii Nikao, Tereora College and Aitutaki’s Apii Vaitau showed their support for Cook Islands Autism Awareness Day with a mufti day yesterday.

At Tereora, students each paid a $2 donation to wear the clothing of their choice, with a portion of the money going directly to Autism Cook Islands.

Principal Tania Morgan said the fundraising idea came from their student leaders.

“Our student leaders actually proposed the mufti day to begin with to raise funds for their projects around the school and they were wanting to hold it today and then when the awareness campaign came about, it was all combined together.”

Morgan said while the school is donating to Autism Cook Islands the mufti day was more about raising awareness of the condition

“I even noticed some of my statistics students holding blue balloons which had messages on them about embracing each other’s differences. That is really fantastic.”

Takitumu Primary, Nukutere College and Te Uki Ou also showed their support with students wearing blue to mark the day.

At Apii Vaitau, deputy principal Kylie Rawiri said special ribbons were created and worn by the school to show their support for Blue Day Friday.

Rawiri also said the students spent the day learning about autism.

“They learnt what it is, how do you get it, how people with autism talk and play. We looked at the question of whether all people with autism the same and how we should act around someone with autism.”

Rawiri said the students found the information interesting.

Autism Cook Islands will give presentations on autism to schools in Rarotonga and Aitutaki this year to continue to raise awareness.

A family night called, “Light It Up Blue” will be held next month at the National Auditorium.

Leave a comment