Presentation1The exhibition and display of college students’ vocational projects last week was a huge success, recognising the various talents of our young people and a great prelude to the celebration of another year’s work for year 12 & 13 students. For Savaii, the exhibition was held at the Salelologa market on Tuesday 28th November. The students of Upolu had the opportunity to display their projects in-front of the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture headquarters on Friday 1st December 2017.

The Associate Minister for the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development TofaLi’oFoleni, a former TVET educator, spoke at the Savaii Exhibition. He encouraged the students to perfect the range of skills they have acquired through the vocational courses as these will contribute a lot to their future. He also advised parents and members of the community to note the importance of vocational education and training in schools and encourage their sons and daughters to take these courses seriously.

Presentation2The Minister of Education, Hon LoauSolamalemaloKenetiSio opened the Upolu exhibition and in his comments, he congratulated the school principals and teachers and more importantly the students for their creative and original work comprising of paintings, woodwork, agricultural products and much more. He said that “not all students will become doctors, lawyers or teachers, so it is important that school principals, teachers and parents prioritise TVET courses.” These provide key knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enrich and better prepare our young people to lead meaningful lives in the future.

In the pursuit for the achievement of Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which aims to target equal access to affordable quality technical, vocational and tertiary education; as well as increasing the number of young people with relevant skills for employment and entrepreneurship, by the year 2030, the Ministry is optimistic that the exhibitions will play a huge part in attracting more young people to take vocational courses at secondary and tertiary levels in the future.

The MESC acknowledges with appreciation the generous support of SSAB, Business Systems Limited, Fale Ink, Bluebird Lumber and Samoa Broadcasting Ltd TV1.