Savai’i College gets $100,000 worth of equipment

By Aruna Lolani ,

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THANK YOU: Chinese officials with the Principal of the Itu o Tane College.

THANK YOU: Chinese officials with the Principal of the Itu o Tane College.

If technology is important for Upolu, it is equally useful for Savai’i.

Students of Itu o Tane College enjoyed that feeling yesterday when representatives of Huizhou City government turned up with a donation worth well over $100,000.

The equipment included 20 computers and a teaching platform for the College.

Chief Executive Officer of Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture; Afamasaga Dr. Karoline Fuata’I, was present during the handover.

She said the donation is part of an M.O.U signed between Huizhou city, Guangdong province and M.E.S.C. in 2015. 

 “Information technology has become an important medium of support for teaching and learning,” she said.

“The use of computers is quite common now. You have the school net servers and workstation resources. And with the addition of the 20 computers and the learning platform, you should now be able to access any information and a lot of you should be able to use it more frequently.”

Afamasaga added that the devices will further enhance opportunities to achieve great learning outcomes.

“You can also use the computers and I.C.T. (information and communication technology) provided, to participate on online courses. Of course having the computers and the platform is only as good as you make use of them. 

“So to get as much value out of it, you should use them and I hope the teachers will allow you to do that during your lessons.” Afamasaga said. 

The Managing Director of Foreign Affairs Bureau of Huizhou Municipality, Li Xun, congratulated the school and students.

“We feel that Samoan government attaches great importance to education.

“We would like to strengthen educational exchange and cooperation with Samoa and join hands with you to push forward educational cooperation.”

Principal of Itu-o-Tane; Laufou Alofipo Manase, was extremely grateful.

She thanked China for the assistance and assured that the tools will be used to ensure Savai’i students are just as good if not better than their Upolu counterparts.

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