Many young teenagers on finishing school and having learned new skills to use at home or in a job, don’t seem to want to work.
They just want to have a relaxing life.
But that’s not how Michael James thinks when he considers his own family.
The nineteen-year old is a farmer from the village of Nofoali’i.
Michael loves what he does as a farmer, helping his father who also works on their plantation
“I quit school because I wanted to help my father and I know very well this is God’s decision for me to stay home and help my parents,” he told Village Voice.
Mr. James family is not wealthy, but he tries really hard to earn money for his parents and his younger siblings.
Michael sees that this day brings lots of changes that affect our younger teenager and their lives.
“There are lots and lots of unemployed teenagers in our country who don’t like working; they depend on their parents for living.
“Yes we all know we depend on our parents, but we have to work for our own futures instead of being too dependent.
His only advice for the young teenagers of Samoa is simple-
“Use your opportunities wisely to do some work for your family and for your future as well.”