School back on track

By Vatapuia Maiava ,

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OPENING CELEBRATION: Manumalo school children singing songs during the ceremony.

OPENING CELEBRATION: Manumalo school children singing songs during the ceremony.

Manumalo School is back on their feet after three years of hardship. The primary and preschool has started back in their old buildings that were wrecked in 2012 by Cyclone Evan.

The school started with a preschool in 1984 by a Pastor who taught in his small Fale Samoa and then the church took over and began a primary school in 1991. 

After many years the school fell victim to the wrath of Cyclone Evan.

Today, Principal Tasi Fata is extremely grateful they are back on their feet, with a freshly painted school and clean classrooms.

“I’m just so grateful to the L.M.S. church for approving our request to renovate this school,” Ms. Fata said.

She sees all that has been done as a “blessing” and is deeply moved by all the help received.

Renovations began as soon as the school was given approval to use the buildings again on November 2015.

“When we came to start renovations we saw that the place was in such a bad state. There was dirt in the classrooms, trash all over and a lot of damaged areas,” Ms. Fata said.

“A lot of work had to be done and none of this would have been possible without God and all those who were part of the renovations.”

It wasn’t easy for Ms. Fata to get the approval from the church because there were other people interested in the area as well.

“After being approved ahead of all other requests for this area, we saw that there would be a lot of money and work needed to be put into renovating this school.”

The funding of the renovations fell on small loans from the banks but it was not possible to get the exact amount but according to Ms Fata it was “a lot”.

After the cyclone, the school had to be relocated to different areas. Half of the school was moved to the Sogi H.R.P.P. hall while the other half was moved to Malifa.

“After three years the school is whole again and the preschoolers are back together with the primary school kids,” Ms Fata said.

 After renovations there were a lot of changes carried out in the school. The old laboratories and library were cleaned out and turned into classrooms and some areas had to be repainted. But there were no issues at all while the work was being done.

“I’m especially grateful to the Prime Minister and his party for allowing the use of their hall to teach the children and also to the former C.E.O. of the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture, Matafeo, for his big heart towards education and the approval he gave for us to relocate. There are no words that can express my gratitude to them for their kindness.”

A small ceremony was held yesterday,  January 29, to show the school’s appreciation to all those who helped in making this happen.

After a short prayer, the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi opened the school.

Lalotoa Manuia Petaia cut the ribbon.

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