Solomon Islands – Don Bosco provides a second chance

21 November 2018

(ANS – Tetere) – The Don Bosco Training Centre in Tetere provides an alternative path to school dropouts from around the surrounding nine provinces. Seven indigenous teachers offer a professional approach to education in literacy and numeracy. They also conduct special catch-up lessons to those who fall behind.

The Training Centre also offers classes in Agriculture and Farming for a range of crops (rice, root, vegetable) and livestock (pigs, cows, chickens, fish), basic Carpentry skills are also offered.

Rotary generously supplied the centre with 90 chickens and training in Poultry care, the eggs now a sustainable source of protein for the students. The 4-hectare rice plantation has remained a constant source of income for the school producing 8 tonnes of rice annually.

Teachers offer youth groups with variable outlets for their energies and creative flair through a wide range of activities, such as sports, music, liturgy, cooking and arts. This serves to further educate the children, equip them with life and social skills so they may become self-reliant, contributing members of society.

Graduates of the school have found success with companies throughout the Solomon Islands. On the job training placements and full-time employment have played a vital role in this, with all participants receiving glowing feedback from their managers.

The Don Bosco Training Centre and Ministry of Agriculture are looking to establish a partnership with a nearby cocoa and tree plantations for student placements, as well as with the Solomon Islands National University to increase the levels of training that the students and teachers receive.

Source: Australian Salesian Missions


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