Bid to stop arsons at 13 solar schools

Saturday June 08, 2019 Written by Published in Local
Mii Joseph, John Paul Wilson and Angarei Kavana [photo taken at Te Uki Ou School. 19060756 Mii Joseph, John Paul Wilson and Angarei Kavana [photo taken at Te Uki Ou School. 19060756

Thirteen schools have been assisted by the Bank of the South Pacific after solar lights were installed last month: nine in Rarotonga and four in Aitutaki.

 

Business manager Tutu Inamata said this was a BSP staff initiative, a way to prevent future arsons that have damaged schools previously. 

Inamata said every year certain funds were allocated to BSP branches around the Pacific and they would need to come up with a project based on the chosen theme.

He said this time the theme was “solar” and they came up with the idea to assist schools.

“We needed to do some research and identified that solar lights are needed for the schools and we found that this was important for the community.

“This was the best because of the arson attacks in the past years, so we thought if we provided solar lighting for the schools then it would help lessen attacks.”

Only primary schools were assisted and depending on the size of the school they installed certain numbers of solar lights.

BSP staff members installed these lights themselves with the assistance of New Zealand TransNet, which assisted with the solar lights.

Inamata thanked the schools for allowing them to initiate their projects in the schools and for supporting them.

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