SOLOMON Islands has joined other Commonwealth member countries to celebrate Commonwealth Day.
In Honiara students from seven high schools have gathered at the Paul Tovua Complex, at the National Parliament premises to mark this annual event.
The program was attended by the British High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, His Excellency, David Ward and his staff, Australia High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, His Excellency, Roderick Brazier and his staff, Chairman & Members of Parliamentary House Committee, Minister of Women, Youth, Children & Family Affairs, Hon. Freda Tuki Soriacomua, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women, Youth, Children & Family Affairs, judges of the high school debate, Clerk and Staff of the National Parliament, Chairperson & Members of the Commonwealth Day Celebration Organizing Committee.
The event was held with debate competition from seven high schools selected to participate in the celebration to mark the Commonwealth Day, which Speaker of Parliament and his deputy delivered their speech at the program.
The program started since last year when Parliament and British High Commission Offices met for the first time and agreed to collectively celebrate the Commonwealth Day in Solomon Islands.
Speaker of the National Parliament of Solomon Islands Ajilon Nasiu said Solomon Islands is a member of the Commonwealth, hence, it is vital to join the member countries to remember the annual Commonwealth Day Celebration.
Mr Nasiu remarked in his speech that next year hosting of the Commonwealth Day celebration will increase, as there is suggestion to invite Commonwealth Member Countries and Agencies which have offices in the country to freely participate in the Commonwealth Day Celebration.
“In this case, Pacific Island Countries that are currently members of the Commonwealth will be contacted at the end of this year to be part of the celebration in March next year.
“In my capacity as Head of Legislature, I am optimistic, the increase interest of the Pacific Island member countries in this event will make this as a major annual national event next year and in the future,” he added.
During the program, the best debaters were given cash prices and these price winners were Stephanie Titilie of St Nicholas College ($700 and certificate), 2nd Prize: Ryan Prasad of Woodford International School ($600 and certificate), 3rd Prize: Samantha Niunara, Bishop Epalle ($450 and certificate).
By AATAI JOHN