Monthly Archives: April 2013

Eutan Tarawa Council (ETC) Drafts Its Operational Plan

The Council for NortETCh Tarawa, Eutan Tarawa Council (ETC) is being assisted with the drafting of its Strategic Plan by KiLGA. The Executive Officer of KiLGA, Rikiaua Takeke, visited the Council from 20 to 21 March, 2012 on the invitation of the Mayor, Cr. Harry Tekaiti discuss the formulation of its Strategic Plan. The activities undertaken included the collection of Council and island information, discussions with Counil leaders and staff and site visits to Council assets and other areas that have potential for LED.

During the discussion with the Mayor, Cr. Harry Tekaiti and the Clerk, Mr. Tabera Emire, it was agreed that KiLGA will assist in the drafting of the Strategic Plan by seeking financial assistance from relevant partners, while the Mayor will take up the matter with the full Council for their discussion and approval. The Mayor also conveyed his vision of improving life in North Tarawa through education and private sector development. Major development projects that the ETC is keen to implement include the commercialisation of its fish ponds, development of tourism and improving living quarters for its workers.


Strategic Plan for Abaiang Council drafted

The MayNgaluengaor for Abaiang, Cr. Ngaluenga K. Iatakee, with assistance provided by KiLGA, has produced a draft Strategic Plan for his Council that contains a list of strategies and projects covering the period 2013 to 2016. The Plan has been noted by the full Council in its meeting in February.

Profile of the Kiritimati Urban Council (KUC) written

The Kiritimati Urban Council Profile is being produced for publication, thanks to financial support from the CLGF Pacific office in Suva.

The Executive Officer of KiLGA, Rikiaua Takeke, spent a week on Kiritimati from 21-30 January, collecting information from the Council staff and files and other sources and taking photographs across the island as well.

This is part of the Profiling Projects carried out for all Kiribati Councils that is aimed at compiling relevant information on each of the 23 Councils to be published in hard copies and posted on the KiLGA’s website at for the use of development partners and other interested stakeholders. The involvement and status of women in the Council was also covered in the Profile.

Eutan Tarawa Council Supports 100% School Attendance in its Primary Schools

The ETC is suppoNorth Tarawa Childrenrting full school attendance of by students in North Tarawa. In several villages on the island, village communities are making regulations that are resulting in 100% attendance of pupils in Primary schools.

In Abaokoro Village, where the Council has its headquarters, children are not allowed to miss lessons and roam around at night after 10 pm during weekdays. Parents are penalized $5 for each day their children miss school and taken to court by the Village Chairperson, for more strict penalties if the offense is repeated.

In some Kindergarten and Primary schools, and, with the assistance of the Samaritan Sisters, English is being widely used as a means of instructions and for communication amongst the students and teachers at the school compounds.

The Mayor, Harry Tekaiti, said that he is fully supportive of the developments since his vision is for North Tarawa to become a developed island through education and private sector development.


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