29 May 2015
SARANGA COMMUNITY CENTRE SWITCHES TO SOLAR LIGHTING WITH HELP FROM AUSTRALIA
The Saranga Community Learning Centre officially switched on its new solar lighting system for the first time today. The project, which was funded through the Australian High Commission’s Direct Aid Program (DAP), will enable the community centre to conduct night classes in much sought after trades such as building, carpentry and joinery and will help them run computers, audio-visual equipment and small power tools.
During the official opening Australian High Commissioner Mr Andrew Byrne commended the Project Coordinator Maxwell Ham, and all others involved, for their tireless efforts to build and enhance local capacity.
“The Saranga Learning Centre shows that it’s possible to provide new income generating opportunities to local families and it’s also a great example of what can be achieved by working together,” said Mr Byrne.
“I understand that some of the students who have taken up courses at the centre have also gone on to further studies at the Solomon Islands National University.
“The Australian Government is proud to deliver education opportunities and contribute to local development through its Direct Aid Program.”
The Saranga Learning Centre gives students from the areas of Kakabona to Aruligo much needed training in trades essential for regional development. It also helps meet the growing demand for skilled labour in the North West Guadalcanal region.
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