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TongaHealth Bi-Annual News 2020
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The Hon. Viliami Uasike Latu, Minister of Trade & Economic Development and Acting Minister of Education, launched the new playground for Nuku’alofa Government Middle School. The new playground was part of the Health Promoting Schools Pilot Program in which GMS was one of the pilot schools. The construction of GMS playground was funded by TongaHealth with generous support from the Government of Australia.

A representative from TongaHealth, Mrs. Karen Fukofuka, said that “children need to be active and the playground would provide a safe and fun place for children to play and be more active. It would also support their learning, physical development and social skills as they learn to play fair and take turns to enjoy the playground together”. Being physically is one of the ways to help reduce the high percentage of overweight and obesity among Tongan school children. Mrs. Fukofuka also encouraged children to drink plenty of water and eat healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables.

The Australian High Commissioner, Her Excellency Racheal Moore in her remarks also said, “a playground would help students develop physically, socially and mentally.”

On behalf of the Government of Tonga, Hon. Latu thanked TongaHealth and the Government of Australia for their support and “hopes that this new playground would help improve a young junior student in every aspects of life” and he would like to see the projects reaching the outer Islands as well. The CEO of the Ministry of Education Tangikina Moimoi Steen mentioned that there are 46 other government schools who will be looking to construct their playgrounds in the future.

The event was held at GMS Nuku’alofa, The Guest of Honor was the Minister of Trade & Economic, Development and Acting Minister of Education Hon. Viliami Uasike Latu. Other Distinguish Guests were the Australian High Commissioner, Her Excellency Rachael Moore and a representative from TongaHealth, Mrs. Karen Fukofuka.

The playground was constructed by Tonga Play. The children were excited yesterday to play and enjoy their new school play ground.