[photo: Jeff Hayner]

Yesterday was the beginning of the ‘Close Up’ Three Day Summit taking place at the Governor H. Rex Lee Auditorium in Utulei. Some 80 students selected from local high schools are participating, including four students from Manu'a High School.

There are thirteen staff members from each of the high schools, both public and private and it's all being overseen by the Department of Education’s Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability, according to Local Chairperson for the Committee, Salote Aoelua Fanene of Nu’uuli Voc-Tech High School.

“We pretty much help the students prepare themselves for these three days of the summit. The students will be sharing their thoughts and views on issues and concerns of our government today and how it affects their lives and how it will affect them in the future,” she told Samoa News.

“They will be forming policies that they want to propose to the Fale Fono. We will have faipule and Senators come here on the third day of the summit,” she said.

Yesterday the students went to the Fale Fono to walk through the Legislative Branch to see where they work, what they do and hear the issues currently being discussed for the year.

Formed in 1971, Close Up is a non-profit organization that exists to educate and inspire young people to inspire to participate in our democracy. The Department of Interior in Washington D.C. oversees the program and provides funds annually to states and Pacific entities for preparation and participation in this program.


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