Minister reveals plan for Cultural and Art Centre

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Education Minister Loau Keneti Sio.

Education Minister Loau Keneti Sio.

The government school compound in Malifa will be the home of a multi-functional park with a Cultural and Art Center that will serve as a library, opera house, artistic exhibition hall and recreational zone.

The old central office for the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture has been demolished to make way for the multi-million tala gift from the Huizhou Municipal Government, Guandong Province in the People’s Republic.

And Education Minister Loau Keneti Sio cannot wait to see construction commences.

“Except for a few loose ends, construction is anticipated to start before the end of the year,” says the Minister.

The multi-million tala project is part of a city sisterhood agreement inked in 2015 between the Samoa Government and the Huizhou Municipal Government, Guangdong Province in the People’s Republic.

The pact will see Huizhou installing electronic platform for each of the 23 public colleges in the country. That project has started.

Three computer labs are included.

Huizhou will also fund scholarships for Samoan students to the tune of $200,000 tala a year.

And 30 students with excellent academic performance and another 30 from economically disadvantaged families will be awarded scholarships.

Lastly but not least, the Huizhou Hualuogeng Secondary School has established a sister-school pact with Samoa with Samoa College.

The plan includes a students and teacher exchange program between the two schools.

As for Health, Huizhou is also committed to gift the National Hospital at Moto’otua with a portable x-ray machine, a color full digital ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus. The equipment is valued at over $1 million tala.

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