Partnerships between Community, National and Provincial Governments and UNICEF produces sustainable results for children in Western Province.
GIZO, 27 July, 2009 – After a very successful visit to Western Province last week, UNICEF Pacific Representative Dr Isiye Ndombi and the UNICEF New Zealand delegation expressed satisfaction and inspiration for the progress made by community to improve the situation of children and their families.With a promise to continue to support the joint programme between Solomon Islands Government and UNICEF, Dennis McKinlay, Executive Director of UNICEF National Committee in New Zealand said it was “humbling to see the pride and courage of the children and their parents in resuming their lives and moving forward after the trauma they experienced. My congratulations to UNICEF RARP team and associated Government Ministries for their outstanding work.”
Dr. Ndombi said “UNICEF Pacific thanks UNICEF New Zealand for providing considerable support to the schools reconstruction effort and regularly visiting the communities to witness the progress being made. We expect all these schools to become certified child-friendly schools through being effective as learning places for children, protective of children's rights, environmentally healthy, girl-friendly and inclusive -- in their management -- of children, parents and communities."Also on this mission were Gareth and Joanne Morgan of Gareth Morgan Investments and UNICEF Good Will Ambassadors in New Zealand, Chief of UNICEF Solomon Islands Office, Roy Bowen, staff of UNICEF Solomon Islands and the Provincial Education and Health Authorities.