Education Head in Samoa Support SVSG
The street kids that attend the Samoa Victim Support Group received a very special surprise visit Monday morning. Chief Executive of the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture Matafeo Falanaipupu Tanielu Aiafi was that special visitor. Accompanying him was President of the organisation Mrs Lina Chang.
After speaking with the children Matafeo quickly expressed how impressed he was with the student’s academic abilities. His visit was to experience firsthand the programme and progress to these children provided by the SVSG Home School.
It also gave him the opportunity to confirm his hundred per cent support of SVSG’s school programme that caters to more than ten children from different villages and family backgrounds in Upolu. “The Ministry is happy to support the Samoa Victim Support Group school programme for the street kids,” he said.
Therefore the Ministry through Matafeo plans to work closely together with SVSG to cater for these kids educational needs. The school started in 2011. Mrs Chang said the new found relationship is a positive partnership that will ensure the development of the education of the children attending the school. “SVSG is grateful to Matafeo for taking the time to come and visiting our children at the Home School.”
Our Home School
SVSG strongly believes in the importance of Education in a child’s life and how it is the right of every child to receive education. Because of this belief, SVSG has gone a step further and created a HomeSchool Program.
The HomeSchool initiative stemmed from the fact that some of the children put in SVSG’s care had not been to school, even though they had reached an age that they should be able to read and write. SVSG assessed their low-level of education, and instead of enrolling them into public "traditional" schools in which they would be placed in levels according to their age, we intended on bringing them up to the required education level by teaching them in a comfortable environment in which they will not be judged by their peers.
Students attending HomeSchool are not limited to SVSG children. This assistance has also been extended to the children identified during our Motivate-to-Educate program, who are out selling goods on the street and in the market places rather than going to school as their parents cannot afford it or due to situations that are out of their control.
To assist the children who are already in school, we have set up a Homework Centre. We have been very blessed by the response from various members of the community wanting to help by offering their time to come in to tutor our students, including members of the expatriate community, certified teachers, and Miss Samoa.
Contribution from MESC & Other Related Partners
To ensure that areas covered in HomeSchooling are in line with the primary level curriculum, assistance from the Ministry of Education, Sports, & Culture (MESC) was sought regarding this.
The aim is to have SVSG’s HomeSchooling operate in parallel as much as possible with the curriculum being taught in the primary level of the formal schools around the country.
Contribution from SVSG’s other related partners have been sought in delivering the different classes and the response from the community has been tremendous. We currently have volunteer teachers from the Attorney General’s Office, ex-pats with teaching experience, as well as SVSG volunteers with teaching background.
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