48.6% progress
$26,602 still needed

The Challenge

  • Lack of teachers and limited skills of those who are teaching
  • High youth unemployment rates
  • Low school retention rates
  • Overall low-academic student performance

During the Samoan Annual Teachers Conference in January 2017, one of the Principals highlighted that “…one of the biggest struggles we have is the lack of teachers”. The Samoan government has prioritised education and teacher training in its national strategic direction with the aim to improve access and quality of education.

The provision and training of good teachers, especially in English, mathematics, science, agricultural science, arts and vocational subjects, remains a vital issue to meet the approved teacher/student ratios of 1:30 (primary level) and 1:20 (secondary level).

How We’re Helping

Don Bosco College and Vocational Technical Centre requested an English & Biology Teacher to enhance the teaching skills of existing staff members.

They have requested a teacher/mentor to:

  • Improve classroom management and organisation
  • Model best practice in classroom teaching
  • Deliver positive educational outcomes for students

Palms has prepared and is supporting Vicky Yemoh, a qualified TEFL-TESOL English teacher, with a Masters in Science, and experienced university lecturer. Vicky is teaching English and Biology to secondary school students and supporting the skill development of local Samoan teachers.

Is the Project Sustainable?

This project will offer two years of professional development assistance to the teachers at Don Bosco College and Vocational Technical Centre. It is expected that at the conclusion of the assignment, teachers will have further developed their professional capacity to meet the needs of local students.


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