School hosts German film and cultural festival

Manono-uta Primary School students hosted a German film and cultural festival last Friday to enable students to learn more about Germany.

The event was organised by the Office of the German Consul in Samoa and focused on facts about Germany as well as words. 

The students also played sports like football and volleyball which are very popular in the European country, and concluded the festival program by watching German-produced children’s movies (with subtitles).

German Consul to Samoa, Tagaloa Christa Szegedi said that the purpose of the festival is to create awareness about Germany in Samoan schools, especially amongst the students.

She said that they hope to strengthen the existing partnership that is already in place with the schools as well as the Samoa Victim Support Group (S.V.S.G.).

“With the support of the German Embassy in Wellington we were able to get the necessary resources needed for the festivals,” she said.

“We are also very excited to have secured the services of Barbara and Christian Durst who live in Samoa to conduct some of the lessons for the students during the festivals.”

Some of the schools and organisations that will participate in the festivals include: Amoa College, Faleasiu Primary School, Manono-Uta Primary School, Vailele Primary School and the S.V.S.G.

The festivals have also been made possible with the support of the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture.

Earlier this year the German Embassy in Wellington donated over $16,200 for the refurbishment of the school’s eight classrooms, which had its tiles placed on the floor as well as the addition of three new sink basins.

Tagaloa has previously emphasised the importance of education, particularly due to the uncertain times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

She has also said that due to the pandemic everyone must work even harder to ensure the good work of educating the children continues. 

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