We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the Solomon Islands. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and take supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you'll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for our project/projects.
Solomon Islands Literacy League
With limited public reading facilities and reading material often not present in the home, it is no surprise that literacy rates in Solomon Islands are thought to be under 20 per cent. Leaving the capital of Honiara, books and magazines become even more scarce, with newspapers being treasured items no matter how many weeks old they may be.
This is the situation that drives the passion of literacy advocate Joyce Boykin. Originally from the USA, Joyce has been living and working in Solomon Islands for the past 22 years, firstly as a teacher at King George VI High School, Woodford International School and at The University of the South Pacific, and then as a developer of education programs. In 2014 she coordinated many projects, such as distributing 36,000 school readers, sourcing 19,000 primary school books and creating the Literacy League to assist teachers use the new resources.
The READ SI team, a mix of Solomon Islanders and expats, is now taking on an ambitious project – to build and stock libraries right across Solomon Islands. Making literature available to all is no small task for a population geographically spread over more than 900 islands. Solomon Islands Dive Expeditions is proud to partner with READ SI to bring books and learning material to communities throughout the Solomon Islands.
Here is how you can help:
If you can save just a few pounds of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for our program, you will make a priceless impact on the lives of children and families in Solomon Islands. Our immediate needs are:
- English language children's story books
- Alphabet flashcards
- Encyclopaedias, dictionaries or atlases
- Chalk, pens, pencils or other school supplies
- Educational wall charts - langage, grammer or math
- Adult fiction, non-fiction and easy to read books
Additional needs: soccer balls, board games, stuffed animals or soft toys, children's shoes, adult reading glasses, fishing lures.