Kingly honour for Adventist school in Tonga

Students and their teacher working in the garden.

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Beulah Adventist Primary School in Tonga has received royal recognition for its agricultural learning practices.

During the Royal Agriculture, Fisheries, Tourism and Trade Show on June 10, the King of Tonga, Tupou VI, presented Beulah with the top school award in the primary and middle school category for best practices in agricultural learning.

Dr Elisapesi Manson, education consultant to Adventist schools in Tonga, received the award on behalf of the school. “It was a humbling moment to receive the award from the King of Tonga,” Dr Manson said.

She commended Beulah school principal Melefatai Fukofuka and her team for their commitment to aligning the school to the Quality Adventist School Framework, which she said has been influential in paving the way toward this significant milestone. Integrating farm practices with Adventist education is seen as not only faith-building but also character building.

The Royal Agriculture, Fisheries, Tourism and Trade Show is a national event. It returned in 2023 after three challenging years due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2022 Hunga-Tonga Hunga-Ha’apai volcanic eruption and subsequent tsunamis. The event showcases the work of farmers, fishermen, tradesmen and local businesses, and awards them for their hard work and resilience.

Dr Elisabeth Manson (left) and school principal Melefatai Fukofuka.

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