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DOBT to open secondary school in June
May 23, 2008

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] Diocese of Banks and Torres in the Republic of Vanuatu is currently making preparations for the official opening of its first secondary school early next month.

Named Losalava secondary school it was built on the island of Gaua in the Banks group of islands.

According to a report from the Church of Melanesia Vanuatu Education Secretary Mr. Fred Tari, the school was funded through capital grants provided by the Church over the last three years.

The actual construction for a double classroom block, two dormitories, two staff houses and a dining hall started last year and was completed early this year.

He however, said, the delay in opening the school early was due to damages to some buildings caused by cyclone Funa earlier in the year forcing the COM trust carpenters and the local community of Gaua to put in extra work in repairing the buildings.

Despite the damages the school saw its first intake of 35 students into year nine when classes actually started on March 10 this year.

Mr. Tari said water supply will be the main challenge for staff and students of the school. With three tanks now at the school the Education Secretary however said plans are underway to construct huge underground tanks to collect rain water from the big surface roof area of the buildings.

Prime Minister Ham Lini of Vanuatu is expected to lead a government delegation to open the school on 1st of June 2008.

Representatives from the Church of Melanesia Provincial Headquarters in Honiara, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu Office will also be part of the guests at the official opening programme.

Tari said the new school marks yet another milestone development of the Church of Melanesia and in particular the Diocese of Banks and Torres.

The Church encourages all eight dioceses in the province to establish and run their own secondary schools.