The Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly (OCLA) hosted the first Parliamentary Tertiary Programme on Tuesday, 18th October 2016, at the temporary Parliament precincts, Tuanaimato.
OCLA has conducted various educational programmes in the past four years; however this is the first programme tailored specifically for tertiary students. Parliamentary educational programmes are part of OCLA’s ongoing move to promote and push for parliamentary awareness especially in the youth and young people.
A total of 81 participants from the two Universities and four Technical and Vocational Institutions on island were able to attend this inaugural programme. The Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Leaupepe Taimaaiono Toleafoa Faafisi spoke to welcome the participants, and he emphasised on the importance of the programme, which allows for tertiary students to learn about Parliament.
The programme comprised of an observation of Parliament Sitting, followed by a special audience with the Prime Minister, Hon. Tuilaepa Fatialofa Lupesoliai Aiono Neioti Galumalemana Sailele Malielegaoi, where he also stressed on the significance of these programmes, especially for future leaders. Participants later engaged in rotational workshops; students were divided in three groups, rotating at the conclusion of each workshop session. The three workshop sessions encompassed topics on the Samoa System of Government, the Legislative Process and Parliamentary Scrutiny. The programme culminated in group activities, as a recap testing of the knowledge and understanding the students have learned from the workshops.
The Deputy Speaker, Tofa Nafoitoa Talaimanu Keti in closing spoke on behalf of the Office to acknowledge the presence of the participants and also encouraged the students to share what they have learned with others.
The Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly will continue to provide more educational programmes in the future.