In their 3rd year of S.E.A.T Project, the students of Coreen School in Blacktown NSW selected a deep enquiry in the communities of The Solomon Islands. Their research took them to the island of Malaita and after a visit from a local teaching student (currently in Australia), they decided that they would like to connect and help to make a difference.
The students investigated the lifestyle of people living in Ura village with a population of 300 people, 7 kms from Auki town in Malaita Province. Ura is typical of Solomons lifestyle where 80% of the population live and survive on subsistence farming supplemented by some cash crops. Their lifestyle is hard and very basic and there is little to spare, but the people are happy. They connected with Grace Divine Kindergarten, a small school established in Grace Kirimaoma’s home (the mother of the student-teacher in Australia) that has been operating since she retired in 2007. This work is voluntary and Grace has very little resources in which to educate her 50 students in her tiny home.
From the sale of their SEATs and internal fund-raising, the students of Coreen have lovingly packaged up the following to send to Grace Divine Kindergarten.
- 1 x 40 litre box of clothes (boys and girls size 2-3)
- ink pens, felt-tip pens, lead pencils, coloured pencils, sharpeners and erasers
- water-colour paints, paint brushes and art smocks
- clip-boards, mini-whiteboards, chalkboards and chalk
- glue, blu-tack
- maths set and calculators
- assorted exercise books
- laminated basic skills charts
- Australian 2020 calendar and stickers