White River and King George VI School students have shown a great interest as future leaders to manage the nation’s marine resources.
The two schools were visited recently by staff of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources’ Community Based Resource Management section who told the students of the threat our resources are facing.
The awareness which included a talk, video show and student activity generated a lot of interest among the students of both schools who contributed during discussions.
Honiara schools were targeted because of the importance to reach out to every Solomon Islander and especially the young generation.
The key messages delivered highlighted the threats including over harvesting, plastic pollution and coastal development and the need for communities to take the lead in managing their resources.
After the awareness talk, the students were involved in a small activity where they broke up into groups and provided answers to questions raised.
In appreciation for their participation, the CBRM team gave the students a little token before the end of program.
“This school awareness helps us to consider the importance of marine resources and protecting our resources that are in our hands. We are ready to be first to take action to change the situation” said one of the students of King George VI school.
In some communities, youth groups have already been involved in CBRM activities especially awareness. Priscilla Pitakaka of the MFMR CBRM section noted that "Youths have high potential as CBRM implementers therefore the CBRM section will try to reach out to as many schools possible with similar awareness programs.”