SAMOA TEACHERS SHOW STORY WRITING TALENTS

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SOUTH PACIFIC REGIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME (SPREP) Apia, Samoa

PRESS RELEASE July 2, 2001

Samoan primary school teachers showed that their talents don't just end in the classroom following a national story writing competition.

Teachers were asked to write original stories on the environment in either Samoan or English that children aged from seven to ten would enjoy.

Environment Education and Awareness Officer Seema Deo from the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) says the panel of five judges was impressed by the standard and creativity of the entries, including the artwork.

"It was exciting to find that there are so many teachers who are not only aware of environmental issues, but have the ability to bring this out to school children through story writing," she said.

Story themes included global pollution, forest conservation, and even poetry, with connections to traditional Samoan myths and legends.

For the lucky winners, on Wednesday cash prizes in each of three categories will be handed over during a special presentation and afternoon tea at SPREP's Vailima headquarters.

More information? Seema Deo seema@sprep.org.ws or Chris Peteru at chrisp@sprep.org.ws 

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