Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture and Peace Corps sign MOU

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The United States Peace Corps and the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture of Samoa signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to continue their partnership.

This was confirmed in a statement issued last week.

The MOU was signed by the Country Director of the US Peace Corps, Gini Wilderson, and Minister of Education, Sports and Culture (MESC) Seu’ula Ioane.
Witnessing the signing was Michael McCabe, Peace Corps Regional Director, and Tuaopepe Perenise Tinei, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of MESC.
“The US Peace Corps have brought nearly 56 years of service to Samoa, with the first Volunteers arriving in 1967.
“Nearly 2,000 Volunteers have served in Samoa since that time in sectors ranging from agriculture to engineering to public health.
“Currently, and at the invitation of MESC, Volunteers work together with teachers and schools to improve the English literacy of primary school students; including raising reading scores, establishing school libraries and inspiring a love of reading.”
The US Peace Corps plans to return Volunteers to Samoa beginning in February, 2023.
Due to COVID, Volunteers departed Samoa when there was a world-wide evacuation of US Peace Corps Volunteers in March 2020.

“The renewal of this MOU extends a valued partnership and program that has shown measurable results,” said Peace Corps Country Director Gini Wilderson.

“We are pleased that our Regional Director, Mr. Michael McCabe, could be here from US Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington DC, to witness the signing of the MOU. We look forward to delivering on this important agreement, in collaboration with MESC, over the next five years.”