Parliament hosted its 5th Parliamentary Primary School Programme for Year 8 students on the 7th and 8th March 2017 at the temporary Parliament precinct at Tuanaimato.
At least 95 Primary schools from Upolu (188 students and 94 teachers) attended the event. The Programme which was fully funded by the Government of Samoa aimed to educate students on the works of Parliament, where it stands in the system of government, its processes and procedures as well as the support rendered by the OCLA to support its Members of Parliament.
Students and Teachers had the chance to sit in and observe Parliamentary proceedings, hear presentations delivered by staff of the OCLA regarding various aspects of Parliament and were engaged with some hands-on activities tailored for Primary students. Activities were based on presentations of the first session and tailored to encourage students to engage with Parliament.
The Programme which was concluded with the Battle of the Minds competition received favorable comments from participants who attended and requested that such programme continue as it is useful for not only students but teachers. The programme came at the right time as it was in align with the syllabus of the national school curriculum.