One of the 20 pictures taken by photographer Melanie Cooper that will be exhibited at the World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education in Tashkent, Uzbekistan this week. Picture: MELANIE COOPER 22111317
A series of photos depicting Cook Islands’ early child care education will be exhibited at the World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education in Tashkent, Uzbekistan this week.
Rarotonga based photographer Melanie Cooper was commissioned by the United
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to shoot the
will be showcased alongside other selected countries – Ecuador, Brazil, Cambodia,
Uganda, Canada, Thailand and Morocco – in the “We Are The Children” exhibition
at the World Conference.
a UNESCO visual producer contacted me to shoot for this poignant story, I got
moving on it as quickly as possible due to only having a few days to shoot,”
Cooper told Cook Islands News.
and Island Bubz were very helpful in ensuring all parents signed release forms
where I was able to move around without distracting the children from doing
their usual activities. So much fun in their creative chaos. Thank you everyone
for making this happen.”
has nine privately operated child day care centres and two government-funded
early childhood care and education.
learning centre provides childcare for children aged 1-5 years. Island Bubz
Children Care Centre is situated in rural Rarotonga and surrounded by the
mountains and taro plantations. Children can go on little excursions to the
lagoon situated close by under the watchful eyes of the “Aunties”. They play
with coconuts, sea, sand, sticks, immersing with their environmental
Nature goes hand in hand with how children should be raised. How we nurture and
care for our tamariki (children), we must do the same for our ipukarea
(environment),” said Rakera Tatuava-Siason, owner of Island Bubz.
are passionate about creating learning opportunities for our youth and support
working families. Our Aunties provide a safe and nurturing environment where
all children are valued as strong and capable learners,” added Liz Hawaira,
owner of Tarome’s Early Learning Centre.