Kōrero o te ‘Ōrau, a non-government organisation is offering the two-week holiday programme ‘Ātui’anga ki te Tango’ to 12 teenagers.
The programme is all about connecting Cook Islands youth to their natural environment through scientific and culture-based learning.
Chairman for Kōrero o te ‘Ōrau, Dr Teina Rongo warns that young Cook Islanders are losing their culture.
“Everyone is so busy, but we need to make time to teach our young ones about their traditions and culture,” he said.
Rongo said they wanted to get older kids interested in their culture especially the ones in college.
“The idea is to expose these kids to their traditional practices like fishing, agriculture traditional medicine and merge these with science so that they have a deeper understanding.”
The programme will include a CPR and first aid training course with Red Cross, lectures on the marine environment with marine biologist Dr Teina Rongo, a lecture on tuna fishing with Sonny Tatuava from the Ministry of Marine Resources, traditional fishing activities, reef surveying, night exploration of the reef, fish preparation, taro planting, a lecture on slopelands and cloud forests with former National Environment Service director, Joe Brider, a voyage on the vaka, catching and cleaning chickens and umu preparation.
This time the programme has received funding from UNESCO and is set to start on July 19 and end August 3.
It’s a $50 fee for successful applicants.