SAT$80,000 funded under the Guangdong Huizhou Friendship Scholarship Program for funding scholarships were distributed to Principals of 20 Primary and 10 Secondary Government Schools at the MESC Fale Samoa on Wednesday, 27 September 2017.  This is the second year of the program and it will benefit 550 students from financially challenged families attending the above schools.The Guangdong Huizhou Friendship Scholarship Program is funded by Huizhou, Guangdong, The People’s Republic of China in honor of the MOU between Samoa and China signed in 2015. 

His Excellency, Ambassador Wang Xuefeng expressed the commitment of the Peoples’ Republic of China to support students’ access to quality education in Samoa. Tauti Faamatali’i Jenny Lauano, Acting CEO of the Ministry of Education, Sports & Culture, expressed the great appreciation of the Ministry and the people of Samoa for this generous initiative and assistance.

The Chinese Ambassador will also be awarding 20 additional tertiary scholarships to in-service teachers who have achieved outstanding results in the teacher upgrade programs. These scholarships will be awarded during the World Teachers’ Day Celebration on the 5th of October in front of the government building.