Leififi College hold culture day
The Leififi College held a culture day on Thursday to enable its students to reconnect with their roots and promote pride in Samoan culture and tradition.
The students participated in various activities such as learning how to cook traditional Samoan food, singing Samoan songs and participate in Samoan traditional dances including traditional Samoan games.
The Leififi College Principal Sifuiva Malaea Lauano told the Samoa Observer in an interview that the theme is to make sure the students are proud to be Samoans and continue to promote Samoan culture and traditions.
She said that the activities on Thursday were the practical side of the theory lessons that was taught in the classroom as part of the college's curriculum.
Sifuiva revealed that instead of being an inter-house activity, each level has been given specific activities to be done on culture day.
Cooking traditional Samoan food was done by the Year 9 students; Year 10 students took part in traditional sports; Year 11 students sang traditional Samoan songs; while the Year 13 pupils focused on Samoan proverbs.
The college's principal said she is happy to see the parents enjoying what the students are doing during the culture day and gave her thanks to the parents for their support.
Sifuiva is of the view that the students learnt a lot from the practical part of the course and not just what was taught in the classrooms.
According to the principal, if these activities can be done every year or twice a year, it will be sustained for the future and the students will then realise its importance as part of their life, their identity and will then know that they need to continue this so culture can be protected.
A representative of the Leififi College Parents Teachers Association, Timu Iaiala said in an interview with this newspaper that the programme was prepared by teachers of the school and the P.T.A for a better future for the students in terms of reviving the culture.
He emphasised that the important part of the programme is the preparation of the traditional Samoan food as he said some students do not know how to cook traditional Samoan food.
He added that the programme is also an opportunity for students to learn how to cook this type of food and to know more about the culture of the country.