The National University of Samoa’s celebration of the International Youth Day themed “Transforming Education” pushed an inclusive environment for youth in all aspects of society, especially in education.
This year’s theme persuades the efforts to make education more inclusive and accessible for all youth including the efforts by the youth themselves.
The event was an initiative by the F.O.A Peer to Peer initiative and this is the third year they have celebrated I.Y.D at N.U.S.
The celebration as a mater of fact was all self funded by the members of the Peer to Peer initiative with support from their faculties.
It is based on the Goal 4 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong opportunities for all”
To achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the National University of Samoa invited all the faculties to come together as one community to celebrate and demonstrate strategies which can educate students regarding the selected theme.
Despite the big event, only three faculties were able to participate in honoring this international annual event, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Business and Entrepreneurship together with the Confucius Institution.
The Faculty of Science and School of Nursing also took part with booths they operated throughout the event.
Charity Silia Kilepoa spoke to Samoa Beat on her opinion regarding the event hosted at the school foyer.
“These kinds of academic activities bring students together which is really good.”
“We have been studying under one roof with a lot of students and yet we don’t have that much connection with them,” she said.
“But with activities like this is breaks the bridge of ignorance as well in way and also it can eliminate bullying and all forms of abuse within our campus,” she added.
She also claimed that such event encourages students to motivate each other rather than pushing a division within the faculties.
One important aim of the booths was to encourage students across N.U.S to come up with students led initiatives aimed to push and motivate academic success.
The event posed the question, “How can you as young person play your role in transforming education?”
Despite the small amount of turn up, the event still conjured a huge following from the three faculties who took part, and is labeled a good beginning to what can be an even greater cause in the future.