Photos of The children of Samoa

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The children of Samoa

Samoan children grow up with "fa'aaloalo", respect for the family, the "'aiga", the extended family group of blood and marriage, and from an early age they know their place in the world.

Children in Vaipuna
Two brothers
Selling mangoes
Carrying little brother
Girl with her ball
Boy of Lotofaga
Boys of Malaela
Boys in the rain
Girls from Vailoa
Children from Vailoa
Children of Saleapaga
Boy with flowers
Boy from Falefa
Standard 4 class
Form 2 students
Boys at work
Grade 1 pupil
Boy with blowgun
Friendly youngsters
Best friends
Studying a digital watch
Brother and sister
Schoolkids along the road
Children at home
Girl weaving a mat
Painting a post
Satitoa school boys
Children at Lepa school
Boy with his pet dog
Going to church
Boys from Fagae'e
Girls going home
Jumping in the pond
Boys with iPad
Little girl
After church
Boy from Salua
Children of Salua
Little Salua girl
Playing rugby
Standing at attention
Playing teacher's role
Children of Faleu
Boy playing pool
Playing a game
Playing an iPad game
Boys in school uniform
Happy kids of Manono

Happy and carefree as children the world over, they learn to respect their elders and this may be seen quite clearly when school is out and they board a bus; no matter how full the bus, there is always room made for older passengers climbing on board and it is not unusual to see them quietly moving and sitting on each other's lap; leaving the bus they all drop the fare in the outstretched hand of the driver, who often doesn't even look, it all moves smoothly.

All children go to school and education is provided by the state in tandem with 5 religious missions, all following a common syllabus. The literacy rate is estimated to be 97% in Samoa and children are taught in Samoan in the first four years of primary school and English as well at an early age. Brighter pupils may move to district schools, where the medium of instruction is English, after four years. Their school uniform, especially in the villages, is the traditional "lava lava" and a system is in place to ensure these are clean: for two days all children wear one colour and the following two days another: the one they don't wear should be washed!

Although modernity has come to Samoa, the children don't forget the "fa'a Samoa", its language and culture and the certainty to really belong.