Samoans urged to prioritise education for children

Samoa’s Minister of Education, Seuula Ioane urged parents and guardians to ensure that children receive education that is current and relevant to their needs.

He made the comment at a candlelight service for National Compulsory Education Day.

In a video statement issued by the Ministry on Friday night, Seuula stressed the Ministry's focus on the importance of a child's rights to education and compulsory education, an important part of the Education Act of 2009.

He said, “It is a responsibility to ensure school age children attend school as it is their right, learning in the classroom is relevant and current.”

"We celebrate together on the eve of the [United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund] World Children's Day with the theme: 'A better future for every child'.”

Seuula praised students, who participated in the service by lighting candles, saying prayers of the faithful, and leading those assembled in song taking a stand on behalf of Samoa’s young children; to speak as one voice; as parents, guardians, village councils, diplomats, parliamentarians, teachers and the Education Ministry that education is a shared responsibility.