New Fun learning and fresh ideas at Faleatiu Primary School

Fresh ideas, fun learning, and lasting memories are  being ignited at Faleatiu Primary School, Upolu, as the pupils take part in the in-schools programme during the Samoa 2019 XVI Pacific Games.

Run by the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture, the programme encourages every Samoan school to adopt one of the 24 participating countries, create a cheer, and be creative in “greening the Games.”

Faleatiu students have adopted Wallis and Futuna. Principal Maeli Ioakimo says: “The in-school programme is the icing on the cake for the students, it has made learning fun and nothing is more fulfilling than to watch a child enjoy learning.”

While it is the third time Samoa has hosted the Games, it is the first time Faleatiu has participated as the school was established only six years ago.

“We are normally so focused on Samoa and their preparations, but to learn about a different nation creates fresh idea. It is more than a competition, it is bringing different nations to speak and share the passion for sport,” said Maeli.

Faleatiu is about five minutes away from Faleolo International Airport, where most teams will be arriving for the Games which run from 7-20 July.  It is also the village of the well-known former professional boxer, David Tua.

The parents and community have come together to support the Games by decorating alongside of the roads with flags.

“Children are like video cameras, they will never forget this experience because it doesn’t come twice in a lifetime for their generation,” Maeli said.

“Each nation offers something different, which makes this journey extraordinary for the students. The children are the future of any nation and for them to be involved - they get to learn and never forget the journey of 2019.”