The Office of the Clerk and Legislative Assembly hosted its 4th Parliamentary Primary School Programme (PPSP) on the 9th – 11th and 16th – 18th of February 2016. For the first time, the programme this year was held in segments at 6 different venues, 3 for Savaii and 3 for Upolu.
The Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, Fepuleai Letufuga Attila M. Ropati in his opening address stated that not all schools were able to attend the previous Primary School Programmes due to lack of funding. This year, the OCLA has decided to take the programmes outside of the Office to allow for all schools to attend.
PPSP is part of OCLA’s ongoing initiative for parliamentary education to promote public awareness, and to encourage and enhance public participation and engagement.
A total of 796 teachers and students from 151 Primary Schools participated. The programme this year was held at the following locations:
Savaii (9-11 February)
Day 1 – Methodist Hall, Gautavai
Day 2 – Faletui Special Occasions Venue, Sasina
Day 3 – EFKS Hall, Sapapali’i
Upolu (16-18 February)
Day 1 – EFKS Hall, Lalomanu
Day 2 – Paul VI College Hall, Leulumoega
Day 3 – Gym 2, Tuanaimato
The programme consisted of videos and presentations on the functions of Parliament, as well as the various roles of the OCLA in serving the Parliament. The programme culminated in an activity to summarise what was discussed in the programme. Information packs were also distributed as learning kits for those who were not able to attend.
The move to take the programmes closer to schools was appreciated by the participants, which enabled more schools and students to attend. Evidently, all 53 schools from Savaii attended the programmes. Teachers also expressed thanks for the programme, as they have learned for the first time about Parliament and especially the role of the OCLA.
The Clerk in his closing remarks acknowledged the support of parents and village members who also observed the programme, especially the principals and teachers of all schools in allowing participants to attend the PPSP 2016.