Samoa celebrates its 57 years of Indepedence
Apia, SAMOA — His Highness the Head of State, Tuimalealiifano Va’aleto’a Sualauvi II, paid special tribute to Samoa’s young people, in his address for the 57th Independence Anniversary at the Tiafau malae, at the traditional grounds of Mulinu’u early Saturday morning.
The young girls and boys from various schools who marched, started as early as 3am as the Committee anticipated an early finish before the suns gets too hot.
“Our young people, both boys and girls, represent the hope and optimism of Samoa,” said His Highness.
“Today, we need to harness the unlimited human capital of our youth, by building capacities for upskilling and scholarship; for technology, engineering and entrepreneurship; for creativity and crafts; for playing music and producing mobile apps, and for excelling in sports. Furthermore, we need to generate ‘decent work’ in country and utilise the opportunities offered through labour mobility schemes.”
He also acknowledged the women having a special role in our society and are deserving of equal opportunity and the security to fulfil their potential.
“As a nation and as a society we must ensure that they have the right and the ability to exercise their choices.”
“For every Samoan, whether living at home or anywhere else in the world, June 1 is sacred. It is a celebration of our sovereignty. We fly our flag with joy and enthusiasm in workplaces, schools, homes and neighbourhoods as it is a symbol of our national pride."