Don Bosco to accept female students
The Don Bosco Technical Centre at Alafua will for the first time open their doors to female students after 30 years of being a male-only educational institution.
This was confirmed by the Don Bosco Principal, Mane Su'a, who said that there will also be scholarships available for the first 30 female students who register next year.
“There was a programme run by Samoa Qualifications Authority (S.Q.A.) last year which some of our teachers were involved in, they had the chance to visit a lot of colleges in Upolu and Savai'i,” he said.
The Principal said that the majority of students had initially asked why female students were not accepted in the school.
“It was through those questions that challenged us greatly," he said.
"We then had some discussions, followed by advice from our center in Australia, the Salesians of Don Bosco of the Australia Pacific Province on whether it was time for us to introduce a new subject, which was hospitality in the school and to also have female students.
“The significance of having female students in our center is so that there will be equal opportunities for women so that there is gender equality through education.”
He added that to date, there are 200 students and 23 teachers in the school with the main courses being taught comprising: carpentry, electrical, plumbing, welding, and automotive.
“We gave a request for scholarships offered to female students to S.Q.A. under the Post School Education Training (PSET) support fund –which has enabled so many of our students to attend school on scholarships - these opportunities are for vulnerable students who do not have the financial support to cover schools fees.
“Our students are great with practical on how the job is carried out and with good attitudes which is great because there is no use if you have are good at work but your work ethics or attitude is bad.”