Traditional skills become new qualifications
The Samoa Qualification Authority (S.Q.A.) launched five new recognised qualifications and competency standards including for traditional knowledge and skills.
Traditional weaving, canoe carving and traditional carpentry are now certified and have established programmes at universities and technical institutions in Upolu and Savaii
Talava Molia Mata'u, the A.C.E.O. for the qualifications division, said the newly launched National Competency Standard (N.C.S.) for Traditional Knowledge would benefit the people of Samoa.
"Everything written in these N.C.S.s will reflect the needs that were gathered from the stakeholders and employers in the industries," he said.
There are three new recognised qualifications for the National Competency Standards for Traditional Knowledge and Skills including: Samoa Certificate Level 4 in Weaving Fine Mats; Samoa Certificate Level 4 in Weaving Different Types of Traditional Mats ( fala papa, falalili'i) and Samoa Certificate Level 4 in Tapa (Siapo) Making and Designing.
They will join three other National Certificates in Tattooing, Canoe Carving and Traditional Carpentry. Universities and technical institutions are now distributing guidelines and beginner programs to students and villages as a starting point for the national certificates.
The qualifications authority says the the new accreditation should be seen as a great opportunity for those who aren't fortunate to attend secondary and tertiary education, especially young men and women in villages.
The S.Q.A. says their introduction will also help maintain future generations' appreciation of culture and traditional creativity.