Students learning more about the Sustainable Development Goals in Rarotonga

Feb 8, 2018

Participants at the Education for Sustainable Development workshop in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. Photo credit: SGP-GEF/T.Passfield/2018.

On Wednesday 7th of February, an Education for Sustainable Development workshop was held on Rarotonga, Cook Islands.

The workshop was the initiative of Liam Kokaua who was proudly supported by the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Program in the Cook Islands, Te Ipukarea Society, Teina Mackenzie, and the Cook Islands National Youth Council. Late last year Liam attended a UNESCO ESD workshop in Bangkok himself, and part of the follow up to that was to conduct training on the global Sustainable Development Goals in his home country. 

Presentations and group activities were conducted by Liam, Te Ipukarea Society, Teina Mackenzie, the National Environment Service, Teina Rongo, Infrastructure Cook Islands, Climate Change Cook Islands, Ministry of Cultural Development, and Teuru Passfield for GEF SGP. Prizes for group activities were kindly donated by the Ministry of Education, Cook Islands Red Cross Society, and local clothing line ‘Vatea’. 


The students during their group sessions. Photo credit: SGPGEF/T.Passfield/2018.

In total, 38 students from Tereora College, Nukutere College, and Imanuela Akatemia participated in the workshop, and were asked to bring their own drink bottles and food containers in order to minimise plastic. Those who forgot were provided with bio packaging for their refreshments. 

In their evaluations of the day, students said that they found the presentations engaging and informative, and would love to partake in similar workshops again. 

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