Prime Minister opens new school building for Savaia
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi officially opened the new school building for Savaia, Lefaga village this morning.
The two storey building was built with assistance of $691,054.16 from the Government of Australia.
The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Education Sports and Culture, Loau Solamalemalo Keneti Sio and Education Chief Executive Afamasaga Karoline Fuatai; Australia’s High Commissioner, Her Excellency Sue Langford; Member of Parliament for Lefaga, Afioga Toleafoa Ken Poutoa and members of the Savaia community.
Reverend Keneti Leaupepe lead the short prayer service to bless the new building.
“I wish to convey our Government’s gratitude to our partners for their assistance. I specially acknowledge Sue Langford and the Government of Australia for their ongoing solid support to the development of education in Samoa,” said the Prime Minister.
“Please extend to your Government our heartfelt appreciation of your kindness in helping our country through different developments.”
Tuilaepa also acknowledged Zheng Construction for their construction work.
The Prime Minister also revealed that children and teachers have benefited by improvements in the education system implemented by the Government and Ministry of Education.
“Government prioritises education and health not only in the urban areas, but also in the rural areas.
“To the School Committee, parents and teachers, thank you for your patience and love for your children.
“Lets work together to develop our education for our children to better utilize assistance offered by our development partners. Remember that it is our duty to maintain and monitor these facilities.”
Australia’s High Commissioner, Her Excellency Sue Langford in her remarks assured that her Government will continue to assist with the development of Samoa especially in the education sector.
The programme included the presentation of cultural gifts of finemats and also giant clams from the Savaia Marine Biodiversity Conservation Project for the guests.