Educators, librarians complete Peace Corps training

By Tina Mata'afa-Tufele 06 October 2021, 1:00PM

A group of teachers, librarians and representatives from the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture (M.E.S.C.) have completed a five-day training program with the Peace Corps Office in Samoa.

Their successful completion of the training that kicked off on 27 September 2021 was announced in media statement issued by the U.S. Embassy in Apia on Tuesday.

On 27 September 2021, the Peace Corps Office in Samoa started its five-day training program for Peace Corps volunteer counterparts across Samoa.

The focus of the program is to engage with prior supervisors and counterparts of Peace Corps volunteers and to touch base on programs offered by the Peace Corps. 

Peace Corps Country Director Gini Wilderson expressed gratitude for the support received from M.E.S.C. that enabled delivery of the “critical” training workshop.  

“The U.S. Peace Corps is pleased to offer this important technical training workshop to teachers here in Samoa. While we await the eventual safe return of Volunteers following their evacuation in March 2020 due to the pandemic, Peace Corps Samoa's commitment to helping years 4, 5, and 6 students improve their English literacy continues,” said Peace Corps Country Director Gini Wilderson.

“We are grateful for M.E.S.C.’s support and partnership in delivering this critical training alongside the Peace Corps Samoa team. Peace Corps Samoa is also pleased to have contributed to Samoa's efforts to conduct the recent COVID-19 vaccination program through assisting with data collection. We are happy to continue supporting Samoa in reaching its development goals.” 

Training topics included: introduction to Peace Corps and working with Volunteers, introduction to literacy and technical sessions on English language assessment and safety and security.

The program included teachers and librarians from ten primary schools on Upolu: Sapo’e Primary School, Nene Primary School, Siumu Primary School, Sataoa Primary School, Manono Uta Primary School, Fasito’o Uta Primary School, Vaiusu Primary School, Letogo Primary School, Vaivase Primary School and Vailoa Primary School.

M.E.S.C. representatives also participated in the training. The training was funded by the Small Project Assistance (S.P.A.) program, a collaboration between USAID and the Peace Corps to support grassroots community development.

Participants received certificates for successfully completing the training program. 

By Tina Mata'afa-Tufele 06 October 2021, 1:00PM

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