Salamumu Primary School Benefits from Australia’s Direct Aid Program

PHOTO: The Salamumu Primary School students perform to show their appreciation for the assistance

APIA, SAMOA – FRIDAY 12 OCT0BER 2018: The Salamumu Primary School has received a new bathroom facility, two water tanks and a range of quality reading books worth approximately WST $37,000 talā through Australia’s Direct Aid Program (DAP).

Earlier today (Wednesday 10 October)

The facilities were presented by the Australian Deputy High Commissioner, Amanda Jewell, at Salamumu Primary School on Wednesday this week.

“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 Salamumu school students, teachers and representatives of the Australian aid programme display some of the books donated

The DAP is unique amongst other development activities the Government of Australia has initiated in Samoa.

Most of Australia’s development funding is channeled to Samoa on a government to government basis including Australia’s support to the Education Sector of around WST $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 DAP 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 DAP to help groups, churches and non-government organisations provide essential services for their communities at a grass-roots level.