SENESE Inclusive Support services elects new Board

SENESE’s Inclusive Support services new Board. from left Eli Kapu, Cecelia Kile, Marie Bentin Toalepaialii, Fu’a Hazelman, To’oala Falupolu, Aiufi Kelekolio, Vineta Nickel, Maryann Lameko-Va’ai and Jason Annandale

APIA: MONDAY 02 MARCH 2015: Following its Annual General Meeting last Saturday, SENESE Inclusive Support Services has elected an experienced and strong board, to steer the SENESE ship to the next Annual General meeting.

Chairperson Mrs. Fua Hazelman, Secretary Mrs. Vineta Nickel and Treasurer Aiufi Kelekolio have been re-elected back to their positions.

SENESE also welcomed new members to the board; Mr. Eli Kaput, a parent, who has been elected as Vice Chairperson and new board members Cecelia Kiel, Maryann Lameko-Va’ai and Jason Annandale.

SENESE director Marie Bentin-Toalepaialii, staff association president Tooala Faleupolu and a representative of the disability community Faaolo Utumapu-Utailesolo are also part of the 10-member board.

The newly elected board comes with a wealth of experience in a range of areas such as accounting, law; community development and management that will be benefit SENESE as they continue to provide inclusive support services to children with disabilities.

SENESE Inclusive Support Services is the only provider of inclusive education services in Samoa, assisting children with disabilities by advocating for a barrier-free environment for children with disabilities in schools and communities.

SENESE provides support through resources, teachers’ aid, adaptive devices, and other support, to enable a child with a disability to participate in school and on the same footing with his/her peers.

The support is made possible with the assistance of the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

SENESE partners with the Ministry of Education Sports and culture, Ministry of Women Community and Social Development, National Health Services, and other local and Government agencies in the performing of its functions.

We coordinate support services for over 240 students in over 60 pre-schools, primary and secondary schools, supporting Children with physical, intellectual and sensory disabilities (hearing and vision), and their families.