Funafuti Adventist Primary School in Tuvalu has integrated community service into its timetable.
All of the school’s eight classes have one community service period each week. Funafuti staff also set aside one afternoon a week for outreach. The entire school has two community service days each term, including activities such as visiting the sick, the elderly, the disabled and those in prison, and cleaning campaigns around the community.
“Over the years I have come to know our community needs better through this program,” principal Kima Pedro said.
“Our school invests in such programs because we are not only reaching out to the needy, but it is also a great practical learning experience for all of us staff and students—being the hands and feet of Jesus around our community.”
The school motto and purpose statement sum it up perfectly: “Educate to Serve”—”Inspiring hope and wholeness of life in our community”.