FESOASOANI Trust offers legal training for future lawyers


Lawyer Pa’u Tafaoga Mulitalo briefing the legal students about the Court system

By Lagi Keresoma

APIA, SAMOA – TUESDAY 13 DECEMBER 2016:  The Samoa Social Welfare Services Fesoasoani Trust is offering legal training, amongst other courses for anyone who wishes to take up law as a future career.

Fesoasoani Trust which was incorporated as a non-profitable organisation in August this year, is also offering Social Work program and English courses for anyone interested.

The courses are conducted three days a week at a cost of $1.00 to register their names as members.

Lawyer Pa’u Tafaogalupe Mulitalo who is the founder of the trust is leading the legal side of the program, and is often seen bringing students in Court to observe how the legal system works.

He said the students are taught legal theory in the class room, but for them to get a better understanding, is the reason why he brings them to sit in and observe the real deal in Court.

The Social Work Program is taught on Wednesday while English is on Thursday and all courses run for two hours on scheduled dates.

Pa’u said the program is working in partnership with the Samoa Qualifications Authority (SQA) whereby at the end of the courses, the students will get a Certificate in Informal Learning with the SQA logo on it.

He said having SQA onboard endorses how genuine the program is.

After one year of informal learning with the Fesoasoani Trust, the student will be issued with a legal studies and social work certificate to further their studies wherever they wish..

“We are awaiting word from Massey University in New Zealand regarding our proposal to work as partners,” said Pa’u.

Pa’u is a former lecturer at Massey University and feels that there are opportunities out there to develop Samoa’s people through education, hence his keenness to address the issue with Massey.

“I am looking at a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Massey if they accepted us,” said Pa’u.

Asked for a possibility of Massey offering scholarships, Pa’u said what the Trust hopes to do, is “for the courses to be delivered locally, and Massey to control it through the New Zealand curriculum.”

The students currently in the program are from all walks of life including drop outs and others who did not have a chance to further their studies because of family commitments.

Some of the students had to travel from Savaii in the morning and rush back to catch the last ferry home, said Pa’u.

He said when the Samoa Stationary and Books (SSAB) realized the need for such programmes in Savaii, “they asked us to bring the program to Savai’i.”

Pa’u strongly believes that the Fesoasoani Trust is on to something very promising, “and there is no better way to end the year than giving hope to our people.”