United States boosts literacy drive

By Ilia L Likou 02 November 2017, 12:00AM

The United States Embassy is continuing its support to improve reading and literacy in Samoa by boosting the American Corner at the 2nd floor of the Nelson Memorial Library.

Yesterday, United States Chargé d'Affaires, Tony Greubel, presented new computers, educational and learning materials, furniture and décor, as well as another year of free internet for all students of Samoa.  

“I am pleased to deliver these resources to the American Corner because I know how much potential this place has to offer to the public, especially to students,” Mr. Greubel said.

“I look forward to the American Corner being a fresh and positive hub for students and a major resource for the community.”

Culminating the event was the presentation of $17,600 to the Ministry of Education to conduct its educational programming at the Corner.

The majority of the funds will go to Quenjule Slaven’s Turn A Life Programme which focuses on after school learning activities for street vendors and underprivileged children.

Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Education, Vau’u Peseta, spoke on behalf of the ministry and the government to thank the U.S. Embassy for the generous donation.

“This donation will help our children in so many ways, and we all know that reading has great benefits for children,” Vau said.

“It’s important to improve reading skills of our children, and by doing so, we need these resources to help them to keep on writing and reading at the same time."

“The monetary donation will help the ministry in so many ways especially in the area of improving literacy in various schools in the country.”

This is a continuing initiative by the U.S. Embassy, in partnership with the Ministry of Education at the American Corner, in order to provide literacy and educational resources to the general public with particular emphasis on the student population free or at minimal cost while at the same time promoting various aspects of American Culture.

By Ilia L Likou 02 November 2017, 12:00AM

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