Villagers get language training

Seventy-four people from Afega village recently graduated with certificates in “improvement in language communication".

The two-week training program was run by the Samoa Culture Centre’s Maulolo Tavita Amosa in conjunction with Afega villagers as well as Loli Tuisavalalo, who gave insights on traditional carving.

The training is certified by the Samoa Qualification Authority with its Chief Executive Officer, Lealiifano Easter Manila-Silipa together with high chiefs and the young generation of Afega in attendance at the certification presentation.

According to a statement issued by the authority, the training program was well attended by members of the village, who were in support of the training and what it meant for the village, especially for the younger generation. 

The objective of the training is to expand one’s knowledge in knowing some of Samoa’s history and where it originated from as well as the values of knowing where most of the country’s proverbs came from.

Among the graduates were youth of Afega with the proponents of the training program hopeful that it will teach them the value of knowing their roots.

An ava ceremony was conducted in accordance with traditional norms as part of the graduation ceremony.

Maulolo, who coordinates the training program and is considered an expert in Samoan culture and traditions, said the course will continue to be rolled out. 

“Our village fully supports this and for that we are grateful for that and since this program has a good impact on our people, especially when it comes to interpersonal relationships which is very important to our culture,” he said.

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