10 Oct 2011

Life education in Cook Islands schools

10:23 am on 10 October 2011

The Cook Islands Ministry of Education is pushing for more life education in schools.

The Education Minister, Teina Bishop, says the ministry is looking to introduce bonefishing into the curriculum of Aitutaki schools, and pearl farming for Penrhyn students to factor in education skills specific to each island in the country.

He says the ministry is focused on both academic study and, what he calls, education for life.

Life skills include marine biology, conservation and sustainable fishing.

The proposal will be announced at the launch of the Aitutaki Business Association Invitational Bonefishing Competition this month.

The Prime Minister Henry Puna, the Cook Islands Tourism Chief Executive Carmel Beattie, the Education Secretary Sharyn Paio and the Tourism Council Chaiman Ewan Smith are expected to attend.