HONIARA, SOLOMON STAR: A NUMBER of form six students from high schools in Honiara have participated in the first Solomon Islands National Urban Conference.

It kicked off on Monday with 71 participants.

The students came from St Nicholas College, Florence Young Christian School (FYCS), Vura Community High, Naha Community High, Burnscreek SDA high school, and Bishop Epalle.

Geography teacher, Nixon Fifiri of FYCS said it was an opportunity for his school to be part of such an important conference.

“Its an eye opener for my students and at the same time enable them to broaden their knowledge on urbanisation since it is one of the core subjects in form six Geography.

“Currently our students are doing their research on this topic (Urbanisation) which is good for them to get some knowledge and ideas from the presentations,” he said.

Imelda Wasi of St. Nicholas College was excited to be part of the event because it would help complete her research study on urbanisation.

“The Ministry of Lands, Housing & Survey with the assistance of UN-Habitat, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, and the Australian Government, is hosting the conference.

The theme for the conference is “Reconnecting the Urban Dots”.

The aim of the conference is to agree on the best way forward to improve urban planning and development in Solomon Islands.