Our program aims to help Samoa to develop a healthy and educated population by:
- improving basic health services and health information;
- improving the quality of the education system with a focus on basic numeracy and literacy skills and ensuring it meets the needs of boys, girls and children with a disability;
- supporting more young people to complete secondary education and vocational training;
- providing targeted scholarships for Samoans to study in Australia and the region, including to address skills shortages in education and health;
- reducing violence against women and girls.
Samoa Health Sector Initiative
Up to $18.9 million, 2007-2016
Improving health in Samoa is essential to Samoa making the most of its people, improving productive capacity and reducing the health and economic burden of non-communicable diseases. The Samoa Health Sector Initiative’s development objective is to improve the health status of the Samoan population through better access to, and use of, effective and efficient quality health services. The Program has three broad components of health promotion and prevention, quality health care service delivery and strengthened policy and regulatory oversight of the health system.
Samoa Health Program
Up to $9.2 million, 2014-2022
Samoa Health Program is an eight-year plan that will be implemented in partnership with the Government of Samoa and will be fully implemented from mid-2016. The program builds on Australia’s previous investments in the health sector. Through this program we will strengthen the health system, including human resources, access to health information, primary prevention and service delivery. A partnership between the Samoa Ministry of Health and the Queensland Department of Health has been established. This partnership focuses on three areas including governance and leadership, public health and health information.
Education Sector Support Program
Up to $12.5 million, 2015-2018
The Education Sector Support Program is a joint initiative with the Government of New Zealand to strengthen the Government of Samoa’s education system. The program will help Samoa to implement the strategic priorities set out in their Education Sector Plan 2013–2018. Australia’s education support will be provided directly through the Government of Samoa’s budget systems.
Our collective investments are focused in critical areas that will help deliver quality outcomes and achieve long-lasting gains. We will ensure children attend quality early childhood education to better prepare them for primary school. We will work to make sure more primary school children can read, write and count to national standards to enable an easier transition into secondary education. We will develop more opportunities to help secondary students progress to tertiary or technical vocational education and we will make sure young Samoans are better prepared to enter the workforce and positively contribute to Samoa’s economy and development.
Technical Vocational Education and Training Roadmap I & II
Up to $2.5 million, 2014-2016
The Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Road Map II aims to provide post-secondary training in areas of demand. This will help increase the employability of young Samoan men and women, including those with a disability.
We are working with the Samoa Qualifications Authority to develop a National Qualifications Framework. The Framework is introducing incentives that encourage TVET provider registration and course accreditation. A national, quality-assured TVET system is fundamental to help Samoa improve the employability of its graduates, and ensure they can be competitive in both domestic and international labor markets.
Approximately $5 million annually
The Australia Awards are an Australian whole-of-government initiative bringing together scholarships and fellowships administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Education and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).
The Australia Awards offer the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia and for high-achieving Australians to do the same overseas.
In 2015, Australia provides Australia Awards scholarships for 50 Samoan citizens to study at tertiary-level institutions in Australia and the Pacific region. These include:
- 40 long term awards (Australia Awards Scholarships and Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships)
- 10 short term awards (Australia Awards Fellowships)
There are currently 143 Samoan students completing undergraduate, postgraduate and TVET courses in Australia, Fiji, Vanuatu and via online distance education. Since 1996, close to 300 Samoan Australia Award alumni have graduated with relevant qualifications to address human resource gaps in the workforce.
In 2013-2014, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade invested $362.2 million in Australia Awards, enabling 4450 new recipients from 117 eligible developing countries to undertake study, research and professional development.
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Australia Pacific Technical College
The Australia Pacific Technical College (APTC) is a flagship program of the Australian Government, funded through Australia’s Pacific Regional Program. The APTC delivers internationally recognised Australian qualifications at Certificate III, IV and Diploma levels for Pacific Islanders through technical and vocational training in highly demanded industry sectors.
Through our bilateral program to Samoa, Australia provides funding for approximately 150 Samoan students each year to complete international-standard trade, hospitality and community service courses at the APTC. More than 1100 Samoans have graduated from the College since 2007. Their new qualifications have transformed their lives, provided them with more education opportunities and access to better, more sustainable jobs and employment.
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