Primary School welcomes international experience

A team from America’s Applied Scholastic International is in Samoa to develop its study technology program, in a bid to broaden the mindset of teachers with their responsibility.

The key is to empower teachers through the learning of new expertise – through the use of things from the environment for Year 1 to Year 4 level students – in order to have a better understanding of lessons in classrooms. A’ele Primary School is just one of the many schools they have been monitoring. 

School principal, Fuimaono Fuatino Tauaanae, said she is happy to receive international experience and support for her teachers and for the sake of her students.

“It’s every teacher’s wish for her students to have a better education and as a teacher and as a leader to this school, I am very excited and proud to welcome these beautiful people to my school and to share their knowledge of teaching with us,” she said.

A’ele Primary School is one of six schools they have inspected and monitored trainings at. The others are Vaimea Primary School, Vaitele Primary School, Faleula Primary School and Savai’i-based Faga Primary School and Safotulafai Primary School.

School Inspector for Faleata District, Vaiaso Finau, said she is proud to have seen improvements from both the teachers and the students of A’ele Primary School.

“One of the nicest and most important methods inside this program is the key word clearance, for the teachers to develop their wordings in any lessons, and what they mean so the students will understand that there is no limit to their educational lives,” she said.

Attempts to speak to the program facilitators weren’t successful, though Mrs. Finau stressed on one of the program facilitator’s comments during training.

“Views from the facilitator is that there are many barriers stopping the children from coming to school, and achieve their goals and it’s because there are no physical tools to draw their interests,” she said.

Due to the targeted students being freshmen, Mrs. Finau explained that these students are more likely to like physical learning than that of just using words.

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