Fasitoo-uta Primary School is the latest beneficiary of Australia’s Direct Aid Program (DAP), receiving 200 sets of desks and chairs valued at WST $40,000.

Earlier today (Tuesday 11 December 2018) Australian Charge d’Affaires Amanda Jewell visited the school to officially handover the furniture, which will contribute to the physical and mental welfare of the students.

“I am happy to be here on behalf of the Australian Government to officially handover the sets of desks and chairs to the school,” Ms Jewell said.

“The latest addition of furniture is vital for promoting a more conducive learning environment for the students and staff members of Fasitoo-uta Primary School,”

“The Australian Government takes pride in working with local communities on projects such as this, which aim to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development in Samoa,” she concluded.

DAP is a unique part of Australia’s development assistance to Samoa. It 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 DAP to help community groups, churches and non-government organisations provide essential services for their communities at a grass-roots level.

DAP complements the around WST $20 million (2015-2019) provided by the Australian Government to the Government of Samoa to support its priorities in the education sector.

In October 2018, Salamumu Primary School received new bathroom facilities, two water tanks and a range of quality reading books through DAP funds.