Pata Falelatai Study Centre gets Australian support

By Yolanda Lavata’i ,

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THANK YOU: The happy and grateful faces of students and teachers at Pata Falelatai Study centre with officers of the Australian High Commission’s Office.

THANK YOU: The happy and grateful faces of students and teachers at Pata Falelatai Study centre with officers of the Australian High Commission’s Office. (Photo: Areta Areta)

The Australian High Commission has donated books and education resources valued at $15,000 to the Pata Falelatai Study Centre.

Acting Australian High Commissioner to Samoa, Amanda Jewell, made the donation on Friday in a bid to support the centre’s aim to achieve higher education goals.

Parish Pastor, Rev Tusiupu Maota Tevaga and his wife Sarona Tevaga hosted the handover ceremony and led the traditional Samoan ceremony as a gesture to thank the Australian government and the Acting Australian High Commissioner for the generosity. 

“We are so humbled and enormously grateful to be a recipient by Direct Aid Programme to receive funds to help in our growing study center. The funds have provided computers for students to do research and books for different age groups and subject to improve students’ academics,” said Rev Tusiupu Maota. 

The Australian government-funded Direct Aid Program has provided funding assistance for small-scale development activities in the areas of health and education.

A SYMBOL OF FRIENDSHIP: Australian High Commissioner to Samoa handing over their donation worth of $15,000 to Pata Falelatai Study Centre.
A SYMBOL OF FRIENDSHIP: Australian High Commissioner to Samoa handing over their donation worth of $15,000 to Pata Falelatai Study Centre.
A SYMBOL OF FRIENDSHIP: Australian High Commissioner to Samoa handing over their donation worth of $15,000 to Pata Falelatai Study Centre.
A SYMBOL OF FRIENDSHIP: Australian High Commissioner to Samoa handing over their donation worth of $15,000 to Pata Falelatai Study Centre.

The Pata Falelatai Study Centre is opened to students from the entire village who are interested in improving their education.

“We have more than 100 kids participating in our study center and you can imagine how happy and grateful that makes us to be able to provide the means necessary to support the center,” Sarona explained.

Ms. Jewell said that although the Direct Aid Programme maybe a small grant, the lives that it impacts in the communities makes it worthwhile as it is making a difference.

She thanked the church committee for their vision and commitment to establish a study center.

“I sincerely hope the reading and educational resources will be well used and maintained as symbol of friendship between Australia and Samoa,” she added.

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