Education on Fa’avaoga’s mind

Young people should make the most of the educational opportunities presented to them. 

That’s the opinion of Fa’avaoga Siupolu, 66, of Tuana’i, who believes that with the wide availability of learning resources, children of today hardly have an excuse for failing school.

The father and grandfather lives in New Zealand.

He is in Samoa to visit his family and spoke with the Village Voice yesterday.  

He used, as an example, the brand new school building at his village funded by Japan.

“I am so amazed by this new project funded by Japan,” he said. “These are the kinds of changes that I love seeing in Samoa, changes that will benefit our children.

 “I mean, if we want better education for our children, this is the first step. It starts at primary level.”

Fa’avaoga is grateful for funding assistance. He said a new school building will go a long way to educate current and future generations of the village.

Fa’avaoga also shared his opinion about the differences between living in the village and in the town area.

 “There’s a huge difference,” he said.

“People in the village work together in building the lives of children. There are strict laws that regulate the lives of young people.

 “In the town area, it’s a place where you can do whatever you want to do. It’s your own freewill, and there are a range of places that detract children from going to school.

“For example, parents send their children to get an education in Apia but they skip school instead because they have other places they want to go to.”

Getting back to education opportunities, the 66-year-old believes times have changed and Samoan schools should look at adapting to fit the changes.

 “It would be nice if the Japanese Embassy in Samoa was to bring in some computers or laptops for the students to use,” he said.

“We live in an age of technology and that will go a long way to help these young people progress all the way to the top.”

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