Proud mother gets early Mother's Day gift

Mother’s Day came early for a proud mother of six who said that seeing her daughter receive an award for being the top student in Diploma studies for Tourism was the greatest gift of all. 

Forty-nine year old, Uaine Aumuavaa Taumaloto, travelled with her daughter from Pata, Falelatai by bus just to witness the occasion.

The National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) hosted a small ceremony to honour the top students of this year’s graduation on Wednesday.

The ceremony was held at the University’s Taputoi building.

Mrs. Taumaloto’s daughter, Siatuolo Taumaloto was one of the seven top students from the University’s Faculty of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (T.V.E.T) and Faculty of Education (F.O.E.) who were presented with awards by the University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Aiono Dr. Alec Ekeroma.

Two other top students were not able to attend the ceremony and the graduation was postponed due to the measles epidemic last year and now the coronavirus pandemic.

The postponement of the graduation led to the University hosting a Socially Distanced Graduation with a list of graduates being aired on the N.U.S. Radio and N.U.S. Facebook.

Mrs. Taumaloto while in tears told the Samoa Observer that all the glory is given back to God for making this achievement for her daughter possible.

“She has made us both extremely proud parents; it is because of being the first in our children to graduate from university,” she said.

She added that it was through my husband being a fisherman and her skills as a handicraft maker that paid for her daughter’s education all these years.

“But thankfully she got a scholarship which made it easier for her to study and not worry about school fees.

“The Lord has answered our prayers, as she is the hope for our family. 

“Education is very important, it is the key to a successful future for our children, families, churches and villages.”

She also stated that all their sweat and hard work with her husband for over 20 years has paid off.

“Even though we are not employed and have stable jobs to provide for our family but we have tried our best to provide support through prayer and caring for her needs with the limited resources we have.

“Any parent would be proud to witness their child succeed after years of putting them through education.

“As a mother, seeing my child get this award is the greatest gift of all, the heart is gratified.”

Her 21-year-old daughter added that she studied for two years for her diploma which started in 2018.

“I am overwhelmed with joy and happiness but I acknowledge God for this achievement because this opportunity is very special, it’s for my parents and family.

“I am happy to start working; I first worked at Sheraton and now Skyfence-pioneer.”

The top student for the Diploma in Media and Journalism Programme, Vaelei Von Dincklage also relayed her excitement in being able to graduate this year.

The 21-year-old from Luatunuu was awarded with a trophy and cash prize thanks to the Journalists Association of Samoa (J.A.W.S.).

She added that it is every student’s dream to graduate in a proper graduation with their parents witnessing the moment because of the struggles students went through with their studies for years.

“It was not only my dream to walk up that podium but it was especially my grandparents and mom’s dreams to see me in a gown.

“After all, they are the ones that struggled more to support our education.”

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