Home Geography Climate Change Adaptation in Pacific Countries: Fostering Resilience and Improving the Quality of Life
Kwaraiwa (10° 37'22.11 "S 151° 1772.72"E) and Tubetube (10° 35'3.44"S 151° 11'14.68"E) islands are at either end of the Engineer Group, and their primary schools have their student catchment from these and nearby islands. Ware (10°57' 45.83"S 151° 2'46.38"E) is a slightly larger and isolated island with a population of just over 1,000 people and a sufficient number of students to support its own primary school. It has the most dynamic environment of the three islands through being often impacted by cyclones.
Schools in Milne Bay Province have a Board of Management that is made up of selected community members. Therefore, the school is viewed by many as a community institution. Each school has a secure office where project equipment can be stored. Many teachers in these schools have some computer skills with which to utilise and manage the equipment. Being educators, they also can offer guidance to others in the taking of pictures and video.
A small waterproof/shockproof digital camera (in our case Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5) and a robust laptop (Apple MacBook Pro) with a flexible solar panel was given to three different community schools on the above three islands. The project provided a small camera because it was seen as less intrusive than larger camera/video recorders, whilst still capable of high definition images, with reasonable sound recording capability up to 4 m. Also, a laptop that could withstand tropical temperatures and humidity was chosen. As the islands do not have electricity, the communities received a solar panel that could charge the camera and laptop. The solar panel can be connected to the laptop and rolled out in sunlight to provide a power source.
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