Natasha Stott Despoja, the Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls, today launched a children’s story book titled: “The Adventures of Sammy and Susie in the Happy Isles” in the Solomon Islands capital Honiara.
“The Adventures of Sammy and Susie in the Happy Isles” is based on fictitious characters living in a rural village in Solomon Islands. The three stories in the book are intended to highlight prevalent social challenges including the effects of alcohol, family violence, and gender equality. The stories are also intended to promote positive messages and lessons for young people, and to show how community leaders can cooperate with police early to resolve problems before they escalate.
The stories, which have been written and illustrated by Solomon Islanders and Pacific regional representatives, are targeted at primary school children and youth from Grade 3 onwards.
“I am pleased to launch this wonderful publication which represents a creative partnership between the non-government organisation, Resources in Education to Advance Development in Solomon Islands – READ SI, the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, and the fifteen Pacific contributing countries to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands,” said Ambassador Stott Despoja.
Ambassador Stott Despoja said, “The issues raised in the book are issues that women and girls and other members of the communities in Solomon Islands face in their daily lives. The book highlights ways the Royal Solomon Islands Police and local communities can work together to address challenges, to bring peace and harmony across the country.”
Copies of the book, which has been funded by the Australian Government through RAMSI, will be distributed through the RSIPF Community Policing public outreach activities in the country, with additional distribution proposed for primary schools throughout Solomon Islands.