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WLI Teachers are Top of the Class for COVID-19 Response and Recovery

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

On World Teachers’ Day we celebrate WLI’s teachers who are using their education skills to lead  WLI COVID-19 response and recovery initiatives in the Pacific Islands. 

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, PNG alumna Rebecca Krai used her networks as a former teacher to deliver school-based awareness for COVID-19 prevention in Mul Baiyer District, Western Highlands Province. Just a few weeks ago, Rebecca and her fellow WLI alumni completed a new project supplying much-needed privacy curtains to Port Moresby General Hospital. 

In 2020, WLI PNG alumna and former teacher Rebecca Krai (left), with fellow alumna Angela Pisa Tom (right) helped schools in PNG’s Western Highlands be ‘COVID-19 ready’.

Former PNG teacher Matilda Kapipi’s team introduced rainwater catchment systems in three remote schools that had no access to clean water for drinking and handwashing. Now, she is working on a sustainable agriculture project, teaching mushroom farming skills to vulnerable communities in PNG’s Eastern Highlands province. 

Also in PNG, Rose Polume raised COVID-19 prevention awareness and supplied PPE to communities at risk of disease transmission, including students and antenatal mothers; while Florence Siba educated school communities on menstrual health and hygiene and provided girls and young women with locally made reusable sanitary items

In Fiji, Aloesi Dakuidreketi, who began her career as a science teacher, established and taught sustainable farming systems in a community that experienced mass unemployment dudring the pandemic. Now, she is working on an integrated ag-forestry project which will teach Fijians new skills for economic and food security.

Read more about WLI’s Leadership for COVID-19 Response & Recovery initiative here and check out video stories of some of our projects here