Samoa Education Minister Receives International Award

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World Education Congress honors Magele for ‘Contribution to Education’

By Lanuola Tupufia

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, July 6, 2013) – The Minister of Education, Magele Mauiliu Magele has been recognised by the World Education Congress (WEC) for his "Outstanding Contribution to Education."

Magele, from Iva, Savai’i, received his award at the 2nd WEC held in Mumbai, India, last week. In accepting his award, Magele, glorified God and paid tribute to the hard work of people working in the education sector in Samoa.

"This award is for the people of my country," said Magele, whose portfolio includes Sports and Culture.

"To be recognized globally amongst a forum of prestigious and outstanding educators, is a great achievement for my country."

In India, acclaimed educators and business leaders from top higher learning institutions and global corporations from countries such as India, the United States, South Africa, Canada and Malaysia were in attendance.

Other government ministers in attendance at this year's Congress included Dr Gopeesingh, representing Trinidad and Tobago; the Honourable Suliman Ali Elsahil, former Minister of Education of Libya; HE Ghulam Farooq Wadak, Minister of Education of Afghanistan and Dr Asim Ahmed, Minister of Education of the Republic of Maldives.

Botswana, Burundi, Saudi Arabia and Botswana were also represented by senior Government officials.

Now in its second year, the World Education Congress is a meeting of international leaders and Government Ministers in education, where this year, participants discussed "Teaching and Learning for Meaning in a Globalized World".

In his address on the topic of "To encourage collaboration and partnership among institutions: A sector wide approach to education," Magele spoke at length of the numerous initiatives undertaken by the Government over the years to improve education.

Many of these major developments were initiated and implemented by Magele including the transformation of the Technical Training Institute to Samoa Polytechnic, which later merged with the National University of Samoa.

He was also heavily involved in the establishment of the Samoa Qualifications Authority, which now forms a key part of the education sector together with the National University of Samoa and the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture.

Aimed at examining modern as well as traditional knowledge systems, the Congress explored how education can help develop mental, emotional and physical skills to facilitate personal excellence as well as psychological and socio–economic wellbeing in the challenging times countries face today.

The Minister was accompanied by the CEO for the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture, Matafeo Tanielu Aiafi.

The honour couldn't have come at a better time for the Minister who is celebrating his birthday today.

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