Japan hands over Maths and Science project

By Aruna Lolani ,

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HAND OVER: Japanese officials and Samoan officials at the handover ceremony.

HAND OVER: Japanese officials and Samoan officials at the handover ceremony. (Photo: Aruna Lolani)

A ceremony to hand over a Mathematics and Science project to the government was held at the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture on Thursday.

The Primary Mathematics Science Project (P.M.S.P.) funded by Japan was handed over to the Ministry of Education after three years of implementation in 71 primary schools across the country.  

The Hokkaido University of Education (H.U.E.) in Japan has been implementing the project with M.E.S.C. under the cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and J.I.C.A. since 2014. 

Chief Executive Officer of M.E.S.C, Afamasaga Dr. Karoline Fuata’i said the handover is a very important step for education in Samoa.

Presented to the Ministry were materials; textbooks and manuals written from the collaboration of more than 400 teachers across Samoa. 

According to the press release, the Manual is an outcome of the hard work between M.E.S.C staff in the Curriculum, Design and Materials Division and professors from H.U.E.

Afamasaga said the project has taken a lot of time. 

“It involves 71 schools and in the beginning 99 teachers were involved and at this point 407 teachers have benefitted from the project.” 

Some 124 workshops have been held since 2014 to train teachers on effective problem solving methodologies for the teaching of Mathematics and Science.

The Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio, acknowledged the government of Japan on behalf of the government of Samoa.

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