Matautu Falelatai Primary School opened the doors to a new computer lab and a pre-school on Tuesday.
The occasion was a joyous time for School Principal, Salape Nanai, parents, students and the village’s School Committee.
“We would like to acknowledge our school committee, the support of parents and all the good Samaritans who have helped us in doing this project,” Salape said.
“If it wasn’t for all your support we wouldn’t make these projects possible.
“Thank you to Kolio Sanele and the board of the Sogi Pre-School association society for allowing us to build a Pre-School here.
“Many thanks to the Samoa Peace Corp for funding some computers for our computer room.
“These projects cost more than $10,000 and we are very grateful to everyone who contributed.”
The Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture’s Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Maina Ma’aola congratulated Matautu for completing the projects.
Maina highlighted the importance of education, especially early childhood education.
“Education is very important in the development of any nation and our Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture will continue to support projects like these to promote and improve learning,” Maina said.
“As you might know, a nation-wide survey found only 30 percent of children from three to five years of age in Samoa are enrolled in early childhood education.
“It seems that we think that early childhood education is not important.”
Maina encouraged the people of Siufaga to think differently.
“We believe that it’s good to have the children’s’ minds developed at an early age and that will continue on as a working progress when they reach primary school, secondary school and university.
“But today, we are very proud to know that it’s not just areas in Apia but we are slowly developing early childhood in rural areas.”