I don’t know about you, but I know what I think of when I imagine a perfect day on some tropical island in the South Pacific.
Sun…sand…swaying palm trees, salty sea breezes. Ahhh…paradise!
Paradise for people, yes. For school furniture…well, that’s another story. Case in point: The Ministry of Education in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
For the past nine years ATD has been a supplier of classroom furniture to the Ministry of Education in the Marshall Islands. This relationship started when ATD was called upon to provide a solution to a unique problem.
The problem…it’s the climate. Here’s a description from the website of the Embassy of the Republic of the Marshall Islands in Washington, D.C.
Hot and humid, with cooling trade winds and, in the southern atolls, frequent rain; average daily temperature is approximately 81 degrees Fahrenheit; wet season from May to November.
The primary schools of the Marshall Islands are not air conditioned and any metal, laminate or plastic classroom furniture quickly degrades in the saline, humid environment of the South Pacific. After receiving poor quality furniture from China that rapidly deteriorated, the Ministry of Education sought another solution for furnishing its classrooms.
ATD’s solution was to partner with factories in Georgia, Indiana and California to design and manufacture a line of custom-built line all-wood school furniture perfectly suited to endure the unique demands and conditions of the South Pacific.
This year, ATD is providing this all-wood classroom furniture to the new elementary school on Jaluit Atoll, one of the southern atolls in the Marshall Islands (and, yes, one of those atolls subject to frequent rain).
“We are proud that the Jaluit Atoll Elementary School is the 16th school that we have furnished in the Marshall Islands,” said Tim Voit, International Sales Manager of ATD-AMERICAN. “We hope the students and teachers enjoy their new school and their new classrooms. All of us at ATD want to say Kommol tata and thank you very much for letting us serve you. We look forward to a continued partnership with our friends in the Marshall Islands.”