The 2nd Primary School Parliamentary Programme was held on the 17th – 19th of March 2015 at the Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese building at Sogi.
This programme is part of OCLA’s educational initiatives to promote Parliamentary Education to primary students by providing the opportunity for them to learn about the functions of Parliament, parliamentary procedures and the support services provided by the Office of the Clerk of Legislative Assembly for Parliament.
A total of 391 participants from 78 selected schools registered and participated in the programme. The programme was conducted in two groups; the first group on the 17th – 18th March for Savaii students and the other on the 18th – 19th March for Upolu students. This second programme for Primary Schools included those from the most remote and isolated areas of the country that were not able to participate in the first Primary School Programme held in 2014.
The Speaker of the House, Hon. Laauli Leuatea Polataivao Fosi Schmidt delivered the Opening Remarks for both groups. He said that as leaders of the country, they feel that it is their duty to make every effort to prepare the young people well, for they are the future of Samoa. The leaders of today wanted to make sure that when their time passes, they can be comfortable in the knowledge they had done all they could to leave the nation in good hands.
Set activities of the programme included observation of the Parliamentary Sitting, special remarks from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition as well as presentations from senior staff. Organized tours of the Chambers and OCLA Office were conducted with key highlights of the Primary School Parliamentary Programme 2015 being the “Know Your Parliament” Quiz and the Debate.
The Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, Fepuleai Attila M. Ropati in his closing remarks acknowledged the presence of the participants, and he urged them to make use of their time in Parliament and to pass on their knowledge to those who could not attend. The Office of the Clerk of the Legislative will sustain this programme annually for schools across the country.