New Zealand help rebuild Solomon Islands’ education system.
However, he said, instead of other donors picking up projects here and there, they have forged a coordinated approach that funds projects across the whole education sector - classrooms, trained teachers, a national curriculum, classroom resources, and so on.
Already we are seeing results through significant improvements in attendance at schools, a greater availability of trained teachers, and more teaching materials in classroom,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Peters said poverty is now visible in the Pacific.
Poverty leads to conflict and instability, and it can place severe pressure on the environment, as people strip the land and waters around them in their struggle to feed themselves or make a living,” he said.
Unfortunately these manifestations of poverty are visible in the Pacific - our neighborhood.
Poverty can be seen in the squatter settlements in Fiji; the lack of opportunities in small remote islands, and the grim educational and health statistics in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.