NUKU’ALOFA-March 23: 3.15pm (R2R Media): Six more schools received plant seedlings today from the Ridge To Reef project, as part of the re-planting programme under the Fanga’uta Lagoon Catchment Area management.
The schools were GPS Holonga, GPS Mu’a, GPS Lapaha, GPS Hoi, GPS Talafo’ou and GPS Kolonga.
That brings to 18 the number of schools that have received plant seedlings this year.
Other schools that have received plant seedlings include Tupou College in Toloa (last year), Tonga High School, Queen Salote College, GPS Navutoka, GPS Malapo, GPS Vaini, GPS Veitongo, GPS ‘Atele, GPS Pea, GPS Ma’ufanga, GPS Havelu, GPS Ngeleia, GPS Fanga, GPS Fasi, GPS Fanga and GPS Popua.
R2R Technical Officer Petelo Otoota Tooa said it was important that the seedlings were distributed to the schools, as per their requests.
“Now we will have to go back and monitor whether the school management and students will plant the seedlings as we want to see the plants growing and helping the environment in the different schools,” he said.
Education Officer Alifeleti Folau said the planting programme is something that the Ministry wants to see become a success because of the importance of plants growing in school compounds.
“That is very important for the school environment and in general it helps to keep Tonga green and our environment healthy,” he added.
The distribution team from the R2R project were joined by Mr Folau and the team from the Forestry Department.
Mr Folau said a monitoring team will return to the schools to monitor and check on the planting programme.