From left: Alan Rua (Apii St Joseph PTA treasurer), Allan Jensen (CIIC CEO), Lavinia Tama (ADB Cook Islands country manager), Delaney Yaqona (Nukutere College principal) and Piri Puna (Apii Papaaroa principal). ADB Cook Islands/23111602
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced the commencement of project works to improve the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities of Cook Islands’ schools this month.
the Cook Islands Ministry of Education, Cook Islands Investment Corporation
(CIIC), and schools on Rarotonga have finalised Memorandum of Understandings
(MOUs) to commence the facility improvements following an extensive 18-month
planning and procurement process.
is scheduled to begin this month, with completion expected before the beginning
of the 2024 school year.
a statement, ADB Cook Islands said: “Through this agreement, upgrades to WASH
facilities, such as toilets, handwashing stations, and water filters, at ten
schools in Rarotonga will be completed, raising the ratio of persons to WASH
in Rarotonga schools.”
water resources will also be improved in the Pa Enua under the agreements and
contributions made to Phase 1 of the Te Tau Papa o Avarua Town Plan, including
the installation of a wheelchair-accessible drinking fountain in Punanga Nui
Market, Avarua, Rarotonga.”
activities are implemented under and funded by ADB’s regional Technical
Assistance project (TA6551), Strengthening WASH Practices and Hygiene Behavioural
Change in the Pacific, the statement added.
TA aims to strengthen the capacity of Pacific members to prevent disease
transmission through enhanced WASH practices and enabling environment.
project seeks to improve handwashing practices among students and staff in
Rarotonga’s schools and will ensure clean water access throughout the Cook
awareness raising campaign to support better hygiene practices, benefiting both
students and the broader community, is also planned for delivery under the
project following facility improvements.
schools that will receive support under the project are: Apii Avarua, Apii St
Joseph, Nukutere College, Tereora College, Apii Arorangi, Apii Rutaki, Apii
Papaaroa, Titikaveka College, Apii Imanuela Akatemia, and Apii Takitumu.