20181010 Salamumu Primary School Siva CroppedSalamumu Primary School was the latest beneficiary of Australia’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) in receiving a new bathroom facility, two water tanks and a range of quality reading books equating to a total cost of WST $37,000. Yesterday (10/10/18) the Australian Deputy High Commissioner, Amanda Jewell, officiated the gifting in person at Salamumu Primary School.

“I am happy to be here on behalf of the Government of Australia to officially open these new additions to the school’s facilities today,” Ms Jewell said.

“The new ablution facilities and water tanks will provide a healthier environment more conducive to learning for the students and staff members of Salamumu Primary School,” she added.

20181010 Facilities shotShe also stated that the promotion of a cleaner environment would help protect students from dirt and diseases, which she totally believed as a parent herself, found it very reassuring.

Ms Jewell concluded by saying that the Government of Australia strongly supported an increase in numeracy and literacy skills in Samoa and on that note, she gladly presented reading books for the school library.

The DAP is unique amongst other development activities the Government of Australia had initiated in Samoa. Most of Australia’s development funding is channelled to Samoa on a government to government basis including Australia’s support to the Education Sector of around WST $20 million from 2015 to 2019. These funds had become part of the funding utilised by the Government of Samoa on its education priorities.

MESC representatives were also present including Acting CEO, Vau Peseta and ACEO Corporate Services, ‘Alaifea Laititi Belford Su’a. The students of Salamumu PS showed their excitement by performing their siva Samoa .