Samoa Head of State invited to speak at education conference
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has sent an official invitation to Samoa’s Head of State, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, to be a special keynote speaker on the subject of the revival of the Samoan language during the 2013 American Samoa Education Conference set for Oct. 21-24 at the Governor Rex Lee Auditorium.
In his letter of invitation late last month to the Head of State, the governor pointed out that one of the issues to be addressed during the conference is the importance of the Samoan language and culture, to ensure its proper use.
Lolo noted that the Head of State is a scholar and author of the Samoan language and culture. He also says Tui Atua’s expertise will be of great importance to the discussion of Samoan language and culture.
The conference, which has a budget of $300,000 allocated in FY 2014, will provide a forum for all the stakeholders to come together to redefine the territory’s education direction and then determine the proper strategy to get there, according to the administration.
Education director Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau has advocated the use of the Samoan language in the lower classes at the elementary level.
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