Sewing equips Manihiki kids for working life

Saturday 6 June 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Outer Islands


Sewing equips Manihiki kids for working life
Jumaney Samuel of Apii Ruamanu uses a sewing machine. 20060533

The sound of sewing machines mingled with that of hammers and sawing, at Ruamanu school.

The Apii Ruamanu students of Manihiki are learning the skill of sewing as part of the school’s life skill programme.

Principal Anna Rauru says they’re all enjoying the challenge and were pleased to cut and sew their own fabric bags.

Enthusiastic student Teremoana Tere sewed four of the handy bags. “I really liked knowing how to design and cut patterns, and actually use a sewing machine, I really enjoyed it.”

The 10-week block course started with the pareu bags (designing, cutting patterns and sewing); the pupils chose to make school homework bags for each student from Early Childhood Learning classes to the senior grades, with a target of 50 bags.

This part of the school curriculum is to prepare our students with the knowledge and skills for when they leave school, that they in turn could create a business of their own.

“For us in the Pa Enua this knowledge is important for them to be better equipped later in life.”

They have also block-printed pareu, pillow cases, cushion covers and sheets; last year, pareu tivaivai bed spread sets were completed successfully.

“This is a good way to encourage our young people to be creative and use their talents.”

Meanwhile, the children’s playground has received well-deserved maintenance.

Workers from Infrastructure Cook Islands, led by schools chairperson Tai Teama, fixed fences and the roofing of the playpen and sandpit hut, and built new swings; senior kids assisted with painting.

The kikau roofing had rotted through, therefore it was decided to use more durable iron roofing.

“Meitaki korereka from our tamariki Ruamanu and to our Infrastructure papas for their great effort and extra trimmings to the playground and our wonderful community.”