The work of the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (M.E.S.C.) has received a tremendous boost thanks to the generosity of China.
Last Friday, the Embassy of China presented 16 sets of electronic teaching platforms and 20 Guangdong (Huizhou) Friendship Scholarship opportunities to the Ministry.
The exchange was done between the Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Solamalemalo Sio, and the Vice Mayor of Huizhou Municipal People’s Government, Yu Jinfu.
This was the third batch of teaching equipment donated by Huizhou Municipal People’s government, China, which aim to promote educational information in Samoa.
The teaching platforms had been donated to the Ministry of Education, Sport and Culture and eight colleges. The colleges include Samoa College, Itu-o-Tane College, Aana No.2 College, Palauli College, Alofi-o-Taoa College, Mataaevave College, Lefaga College and Safata College.
Furthermore, three computer labs had been donated to Samoa College, Aana No. 2 College and Itu-o-Tane College.
The Guangdong (Huizhou) Friendship Scholarship Programme is funded by Huizhou Municipal People’s Government.
The $120,000 per year scholarship programme is for three years and is part of the Chinese government’s ongoing assistance in improving education in Samoa.
The programme’s purpose is to assist students with financial challenges to ensure that their financial constraints will not be an obstacle in gaining an education.
As of today, more than 2,000 students from 60 primary schools and colleges as well as 20 tertiary students from universities have benefited from the programme.