Education Minister pay tribute to students and groups

St. Michaels Parish ECL Lapaha won frist prize in the Trash Challenge. Photo: Enviro News

Nuku’alofa – June 7, 2019: 6pm (Enviro News): Students and community groups were praised by the Minister of Education and Training, Hon Penisimani Fifita, while presenting awards at the end of the 2019 Environment Week earlier this afternoon.

Speaking at the King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV Domestic Wharf Terminal in Ma’ufanga, Hon Penisimani said the efforts put in by students who participated in the 2019 Environment Quiz Competition and the Trash Challenge should be applauded.

“You have done remarkably well and helped in achieving ‘Beat Pollution’ in the work that you have all done.” he said.

The presentations were done to the winners of the Quiz competition and the Trash Challenge.

Liahona High School topped the quiz competition with Tonga High School finishing second.

Liahona High School, winners in the Quiz competition

Queen Salote College finished third while Tupou College was fourth.

In the Trash Challenge, the winner was St. Michaels Parish ECL Lapaha, who won TOP$2,000.

Other winners in the challenge were Haveluloto Tokaikolo Youth, who finished second;  Tonga Young Pilgrimage Group, finishing third; fourth placed Otolata Fainga’a and fifth placed Distaquaine Maile.

Hon Penisimani Fifita presenting prizes to Liahona High School. Photo: ENVIRO NEWS

The Minister of MEIDECC, Hon Poasi Tei said the quiz and trash challenge were both important in the celebration of the 2019 Environment Week.

He said it was heartening to see that there were so much interest in both events.

The quiz competition was the first ever held for schools.

The trash challenge collected approximately 200 tonnes of rubbish over the three weeks period the competition was held in.

Minister of MEIDECC Hon Poasi Tei at the event

Both events are expected to be bigger and better during the 2020 Environment Week.

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