The Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development has praised the Samoa Observer’s Village Voice Section.
The commendation was made by the Chief Executive Officer, Fuimapoao Naea Beth Onesemo Tuilaepa, during the Community Leading Inclusive Development for Quality of Life for All dialogue this week.
The forum is hosted by the Ministry.
Village Voice columns feature daily struggles of various families in Samoa and also voices concerns of people towards the government and the community.
The project has been successful with many featured on the column receiving jobs, financial help and food assistance, home renovations and more.
In collaboration with the Community Sector Partners, the forum looks at strategizing and reflecting on best approaches to address community development needs.
Fuimapoao said through the Village Voice, they were able to collect relevant information to help in the implementation of projects needed for developing the various affected communities.
“And these developments are being pushed through the Community Sector Plan Partners Forum.”
The forum aims to inform the partners of the new community development sector framework consolidate and also implement a five-year plan for the Community Sector Plan.
Fuimapoao said in order for the Community Plan to achieve its expected outcomes, there was a great need for all partners to be well informed and to have better understanding of what this document envisioned for the next five years.
The Community Sector Plan was launched at the end of last year.
Mayor from Moamoa and Tauo’o, Faleasiu acknowledged the importance of such conference because it helped to outline plans that needed to be carried out for the next five years.
Leaunoa Tuitama, a participant at the meeting, is a strong believer that education is the key to success and to a good future.
“One major issue that must be addressed is for parents to have their children in schools.”
Village Representatives from across the country took part.