The generosity of RAMSI lives on!

Alotaa School Group Shot

The Solomon Islands Police Development Program (SIPDP) is 18 months into
their four year program working with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force
(RSIPF). However, the legacy of the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon
Islands’ (RAMSI’s) generosity continues, and was again highlighted during the
official opening of new classrooms at St. Mark’s Alota’a School, Malaita.
Two buildings were donated to Hon. Matthew Wale, Member of Parliament for
Aoke Langalanga, towards the end of RAMSI in 2017. As a previous student of
St. Mark’s Alota’a School, the Hon. Wale wanted to contribute to the
development of the schools by providing the buildings as classrooms along with
an ablution block and water tanks which will be utilised as part of the Second
Chance Education program. The Hon. Wale used his constituency development
funds to transport the two buildings and the water tanks from Honiara to Auki,
and to pay for the ablution blocks.
Commander John Tanti who officiated the opening with Hon. Wale and the
Australian High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands Roderick Brazier, said.
“Whilst the school is open to male and female students, this project breaks
down some of the real challenges facing young women in the Solomon Islands
by providing teenage mothers’ with an opportunity to continue with their
education and I am pleased our program could be part of it. Gender equality is
an important aspect of the SIPDP and whilst I have dedicated Gender and
Family Violence Advisors to work with the RSIPF on police response to Family
Violence, the implementation of the Family Protection Act and Gender Equality
within the RSIPF, the gifting of these buildings was our way of making a broader
contribution to the Solomon Islands Community.”