Women and Children Crisis Centre commemorates the Family Month which was marked in the month of May with a Government Primary School (GPS) Chant Competition at the Digicel Square on Friday 17th of June.

Eight primary schools participated in the competition: GPS Kolovai, GPS ‘Atele, GPS Ma’ufanga, GPS Fatai, GPS Longolongo, GPS Hoi, GPS Lapaha and GPS Nuku’alofa.

Their songs and chants were composed on the themes Peaceful and Happy Family at Home and Famili Melino mo Fiefia ‘i ‘Api – Stop violence anywhere.

There were four categories were judged in the competition; the best composition, best costume, best child cheer leader and the overall winner.

According to the WCCC Staff Team Leader, Mrs Lesila Lokotui To’ia, “I have noted the progress in the overall chanting competition, both in the composition and the childrens’ actions. It showed how they have get used to this annual event. It is the hope of the WCCC that these kids would internalise the messages, spread the messages that violence against women and children is a crime, and also to practice it in their lives that they would not become perpetrators of violence now or in the future.”

The chants and songs were directed to be within 3 to 5 minutes each and could be in either Tongan or English.  The group was required to include a mix of girls and boys.

The winners of the Singing and Chanting were;

First Prize TOP$1,000: Lapaha Primary School

Second Prize TOP$700: GPS ‘Atele

Third Prize: TOP$500: Nuku’alofa Primary School

The first school gained the first place in special prizes:  best composition and the best costume won by GPS ‘Atele. The best child cheer leader was awarded Halafo’ou Palanite of GPS Lapaha.

The Guest of honour, Hon. Lavinia Mata-‘o-Taone Ma’afu. The Chant Competition was funded by the Pacific Prevention of Domestic Violence Program (PPDVP) and UN Women Pacific Regional Ending Violence Against Women Facility Fund.