National Literacy Week launched
Students from districts across Samoa converged on the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture headquarters in Malifa on Monday morning for the launch of the Samoa Schools Innovation for Literacy, Numeracy and Science week.
The week will see students engaged in a variety of activities structured around the theme for this year's programme : "Life".
Associate Minister of the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture (M.E.S.C.), Alai'asa Sepulona Moananu delivered keynote remarks following an opening prayer by Reverend Tau Toleafoa.
"The theme for this year's [event] is life - a simple but powerful word that captures the essence of everything we do," said Alai'asa.
"Life is precious and it is a gift from God. It is therefore our duty to live according top His will. The world we live in continues to present a lot of complex challenges, and we are always faced with changes, so we need to better prepare our children."
Activities in the programme include: music and drama performances; impromptu speeches; a spelling bee; debates; vee diagram drawings; science projects; problem solving; mathematics; poetry; mental strategies; and a financial literacy seminar which will be delivered by A.N.Z. Bank staff.
"The theme challenges all of us to present here today to be more proactive in whatever role we play, whether it be as a parent, teacher, principal, school committee or member of Parliament and community," said the Associate Minister.
Alai'asa further challenged the students and all participants to compete with all their efforts throughout this week, and make the most of the opportunity.
"To all the students participating today - all the best in your efforts," he said.
"Your contribution to this program will be a memory to cherish for a long time. May you all be blessed."
The Ministry's initiative aims to increase awareness and roll out targeted efforts in Samoa for Literacy, Numeracy and Science in real life situations, and provide a platform to highlight and showcase student-centred projects in literacy, numeracy and science.
The week aims to raise awareness of key national and international issues, bring students, teachers, principals and parents together to work towards a collective goal, and provide an opportunity for students to express their views on chosen topics, showcase their talents and learn different skills.
The official launch of the program commenced with an early morning parade which stretched from the Samoa Fire and Emergency Car Park to the M.E.S.C. Headquaters in Malifa.
The parade was followed by an official ceremony to open the week-long program which will be going up until Thursday, September 12, all held at the M.E.S.C. compound.