Computer lab honours memory of pioneer Laeimau Oketevi
The memory of leading Samoan woman and pioneer in the I.C.T. sector, La’eimau Oketevi Tanuvasa-Savea, will live on thanks to a new computer lab building being constructed at Samoa Primary Vailele.
Digicel Samoa held a groundbreaking ceremony for the project at the site on Friday.
La’eimau, dhe former Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O) of Computer Services Limited and Board Director of Digicel Samoa Ltd, passed away in December 2018.
She played was instrumental in advocating and lobbying for the establishment of Digicel in Samoa as well as developing Samoa’s I.C.T (Information and Communication Technology) sector.
The late La’eimau and her husband, Samuel Savea’s only daughter, Luisa, is a former student of Samoa Primary School and the project is a gift from her mother and their family for the school.
Digicel sponsors the building of the computer lab with new computers and Samoa Primary School was chosen because this is where her only child, Luisa, went to school.
Rev. Ionatana Te’o and the C.E.O of Digicel, Mark Whitthuhn offered the opening remarks.
“We are proud to be here this morning to continue to celebrate the late Laeimau Oketevi Tanuvasa-Savea, who played a significant role and was instrumental in advocating and lobbying for the establishment of Digicel in Samoa as well as developing Samoa’s I.C.T sector,” Mr. Whitthuhn said.
“The late Lae’imau, a visionary and technology warrior is survived by her husband, Mr. Samuel Savea, who is with us today, and their daughter, Luisa Savea a former student of Samoa Primary School.
“The key purpose of this project is to continue La’eimau’s legacy and passion for I.C.T. Furthermore, for young people to develop an interest in I.C.T as a field of study or career path. Like the late La’eimau, an innovative and forward thinking individual, this project is attributed to her.
“On behalf of Chairman, Mr. Denis O’Brien, the Digicel Samoa Board of Directors, our management and staff, we thank you all for being with us today and most especially to Lae’imau Oketevi, I am confident you are with us today in spirit, thank you for your vision, your passion and wisdom, without you we wouldn’t be standing here today. This is in your honor, may it shape up the values and attitudes of these young people to become future leaders of I.C.T.”
One of the Principals of Samoa Primary School, Anne Leauga, who spoke on behalf of the other two principals, Sue Su’a and Pau Iakopo gives her thanks to Digicel for the assistance.
“We thank them and of course we thank all the parents. We are really grateful as well for the support of the community, Mrs. Leauga said in an interview with Samoa Observer.
“I want to thank George Carter. He came in and helped out with one workshop on actually doing online learning and teaching.”
Mr. Witthun stated in an interview that they wanted to do something to remember the late La’eimau and do something to embrace the spirit of I.C.T.
“This is probably a starting point to allow these students the opportunity to see what I.C.T is and embrace it,” Mr. Witthuhn said in an interview with Samoa Observer.
The building is estimated to cost $195,000 and all the computers will total up to $20,000.
Work on the building will commence next week with an expected completion time of six weeks.