5 Aug 2013

Solomons commentator plans in-school lunch programme

7:54 am on 5 August 2013

A political commentator in Solomon Islands is planning to set up a school lunch programme for students in the capital, Honiara.

John Roughan says a survey he organised in June found that 80 percent of students arrive at school hungry.

He says the programme would act as an insurance policy against the sort of unrest that has troubled the country over the past couple of decades.

Dr Roughan says there have been four riots, all basically Honiara-based, the first in 1989 when five thousand youths went on a rampage.

"1998 to 2003 we had a general riot. 2006 they burnt down China Town, 2010 we had another one...so do you have to be deaf, dumb and blind to see that there's going to be another one? When? I don't know - 2014, I don't think so. But before 20, yeah."

John Roughan says he is approaching businesses to fund the programme because they can afford it and he doesn't want the government to pay for it.