Norah Riddick is volunteering as a Physio/OT & Administrative Adviser at Callan Services for Persons with Disabilities, based in Kavieng, PNG.
Published on 13th June 2017
Our Early Intervention class have been learning about the ocean recently, and this week we decided to conclude by celebrating World Environment Day (June 5) with a class trip to Nango Island. Early Intervention children are essentially pre-schoolers and some of those attending at Callan have disabilities.
On Tuesday 6th we invited the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) to show us their puppet show about climate change and how we need to look after our environment. The island trip was the final part of the class learning. The fact that it was also good fun was a big part of what we aimed to be doing.
The National Fisheries Authority (NFA) has a college here, and they were really good to us. They provided two boats and made several trips to and from the Island to transport us all. The Island houses the NFA Research Station. Some of the work being done there is research into giant clams, sea cucumbers and clown fish (Nemo to those who have watched the movie). The work component of the day was a tour around the station and a look at what they are doing. Not surprisingly, the clown fish were the highlight of the tour. The photo shows children and parents with the NFA staff member who gave us the tour.
So that was the educational component. The rest of the time there was just fun. We were able to swim and we had a big picnic. Not many of the adults got in the water although all the children did. I got in and played with them and had a great time. I thought it was a great opportunity to do some water therapy with a couple of the kids but it turned into total play time with all the kids. We all loved it. Both children in the photo have a disability and are great little boys. It was a really nice way to celebrate World Environment Day.