Students take pride in traditions and culture

By Ilia L. Likou ,

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SCHOOL CELEBRATES CULTURE: Students of Ah Mu Academy keeps culture alive through their performances.

SCHOOL CELEBRATES CULTURE: Students of Ah Mu Academy keeps culture alive through their performances.

Ah Mu School celebrated their culture day at Marist St. Joseph’s Stadium at Lotopa on Wednesday.

The colourful celebration brought together parents, students and staff members to witness cultural dances and many other Samoan activities.

Parents were fully entertained as children put on well-rehearsed performances.

One of the parents, Tausia Lelea’i of Ma’agao, said there is unity in celebrating Samoa’s culture.

“I think this is a good time for our young ones to learn more about our culture,” she said.

“As a parent, it’s so sad to see that our culture has started to fade away and there are so many changes in the way we perform different Samoan cultural activities.

“But as we can see today (Wednesday) as these young ones performed, they felt the love and understood our own way of living.”

SCHOOL CELEBRATES CULTURE: Students of Ah Mu Academy keeps culture alive through their performances.
SCHOOL CELEBRATES CULTURE: Students of Ah Mu Academy keeps culture alive through their performances.

Another parent, Leota Maria Lavea, from Safotu and Alafua, spoke on the importance of this event on the growth of the children. 

“I’m urging the parents to keep on pushing our children to learn basic Samoan traditions.

“For example, they have to understand that they have to say ‘tulou’ when walking while other people are sitting.

“They need to understand that talking and walking while eating is not our way of living; they have to sit down while talking.

“I mean there are so many other things that our children need to know before they become adults.”

Leota said she’s thankful that culture day is celebrated annually in local schools.

“We should, it’s something that we all need to work together on to keep our culture alive for our future generation.”

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