Salamumu Primary School is the latest beneficiary of Australia’s Direct Aid Programme (D.A.P.), receiving a new bathroom facility, two water tanks and a range of quality reading books equating to approximately $37,000
On Wednesday, the Australian Deputy High Commissioner, Amanda Jewell, officiated the gifting in person at Salamumu Primary School.
“I am happy to be here on behalf of the Government of Australia to officially open these new additions to the school’s facilities today,” Ms Jewell said.
“The new ablution facilities and water tanks will provide a healthier environment more conducive to learning for the students and staff members of Salamumu Primary School,”
“The promotion of a cleaner environment will help protect students from dirt and disease – which, as a parent myself, I find very reassuring,”
“The Government of Australia strongly supports an increase in numeracy and literacy skills in Samoa and therefore it is with great pleasure that I also present reading books to the School’s library,” she concluded.
The D.A.P. is unique among other development activities the Government of Australia has initiated in Samoa.
Most of Australia’s development funding is channelled to Samoa on a government to government basis including Australia’s support to the Education Sector of around $20 million from 2015 to 2019. These funds have become part of the funding utilised by the Government of Samoa on its education priorities.
The D.A.P. on the other hand has a direct and targeted impact on people’s lives by funding projects that are designed by the very communities they are seeking to benefit.
For many years, Australia has funded small-scale community activities through the D.A.P. to help groups, churches and non-government organisations provide essential services for their communities at a grass-roots level.
Away from Australia’s generosity, the Rotary Club also donated four computers to the school.