A village girl’s dream to teach

By Vatapuia Maiava and Ilia L Likou ,

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WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE A TEACHER: Lika Mafutaga Tufuga, 13, from the village of Leauva’a

WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE A TEACHER: Lika Mafutaga Tufuga, 13, from the village of Leauva’a

Many can recall growing up and having all sorts of dreams and ambitions.

Some wanted to grow up and become rich, others wanted to be a superhero, some wanted to join the army and then there were those who simply wanted to have a good life.

For Lika Mafutaga Tufuga, from the village of Leauva’a, her only dream is to teach in school and to help out her parents with the pay she receives.

Aged 13, Lika is currently in year eight at Leauva’a primary school. She explains why she wants to be a teacher.

“I have always wanted to become a teacher when I grow up,” she told the Village Voice.

“The reason I want to be a teacher is to help my parents out with life. Not only will I earn some money from my job but I know it will make my life a lot better.”

“I also want to be able to teach the younger ones and help them with their own lives.”

When spotted, Lika was helping out around the house waiting for school to resume today.

“Right now I am in year eight at Leauva’a primary school,” she said.

“We are currently on break so we are just staying home and helping with some chores. We just finished pickling up some rubbish around the land.”

“School will resume tomorrow.”

Asked about her favourite subjects in school, she says both English and Samoan classes are the best and she explains her reasons.

“My favourite subjects in school are English and Samoan,” Lika said. “The reason I enjoy English classes is because I want to grow up and be able to speak and understand it. It will make life a little easier to communicate with others.”

“I enjoy Samoan classes because it gives me a deeper understanding of the Samoan culture and language.” Being a teacher has been Lika’s dream for six years now and she won’t let anything get in her way.

“I enjoy many things but my dream is to become a teacher one day,” she said.

“It has been my dream since six years ago when I was in year two. I always think about becoming a teacher then getting paid and helping out my parents.”

“I want to teach at Sagaga. That’s what I want in life.”

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