06/12/2012 08:41

Solomon Islands Don Bosco instructors learn ecology and discipline in Japan

By Fr. Ambrose Pereira SDB – Honiara

Three instructors from Don Bosco Technical Institute, Henderson representing Solomon Islands, were part of the seventeen participants from six Pacific countries who attended the JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) training Course for young leaders in Japan from 4th November to 21st November, 2012.

Don Bosco instructors, Luke Houpere, Deputy principal; John Wayne, Carpentry Head and Bartholomew Anare, Automotive Instructor, were beaming with joy as they returned back to Honiara on 25th November, 2012, after an interesting, enlightening and educative program in Japan.

The participants from the other Pacific countries that took part were six from Fiji; four from Samoa; two from Cook Islands; one from Kiribati Islands and one from Tuvalu Islands.

The program was a Vocational Training Education Course held in Okinawa, Japan. The participants attended a series of lectures and inputs and had a variety of practical sessions as well. Visits were arranged to two universities, a high school, a polytechnic college and an agricultural college. Training dwelt on education, culture, economical development, employment measures, eco-island of Miyakojima, water resource management, solar energy, wind power, recycling and other interesting and very useful topics.

“Visiting the tourism industry, underground water dam, garbage recycling, solar and windmill power stations have widened horizons for the participants”, said Bartholomew Anare, Automotive Instructor.

“It has been very interesting to look and learn and experience the way of life in Japan. Our stay in this small island called Okinawa, a land of little resources has opened our minds to appreciate what we have here in the Solomon Islands. What has struck me most has been the attitude of a very gentle people who are honest, committed and punctual always”, said Mr. John Wayne.

“Of all the great things that I have learnt on this program is discipline. It has been one that has made a great impact on my life. The rules and regulations were of a high Japanese standard. While I was uneasy at first, I was soon enjoying what was required. Looking back at the training, it has been a bonus for me. I am willing to promote human resource development in our country Solomon Islands. Character is more important that our qualification. If we can develop a good character and change our attitude, then we can set new standards for ourselves today.” said Luke Houpere as he addressed the school at the assembly.

‘Think Globally and Act Locally”, is indeed powerful. As persons we can bring about great change and development in the country. We need to actively engage young people in the development of their skills. We need to encourage, train and develop young people. Above all we need to stress cooperative attitudes and skills. Training Institutes like Don Bosco can be of great help. Solomon Islands can easily develop with the resources it has, if its people change their attitude.

The program was sponsored and coordinated by the Japanese Government under its JICA program. The three have gained much and promise to share what they have learnt with their students. They express their thanks and their gratitude to their sponsors and to the many who assisted them on their journey and right through their program. They also expressed their gratitude the Principal and the management of Don Bosco for the encouragement and support received in preparing for the trip. (cbcpngsi.org – giorgiolicini@yahoo.com)