When COVID-19-related school closures first swept Samoa in 2020, a survey reported that fewer than 40% of students had accessed learning through radio, television, or paper-based and online lessons and resources.
One of the priorities for Samoa’s Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (MESC) was to ensure that all students had access to and were aware of educational opportunities.
Access to learning for all during school closure
A GPE COVID-19 grant of US$750,000 for the period 2020–2022, with UNICEF as the grant agent, funded the procurement of 450 tablets, 150 laptops and 34 printers/copiers.
Distribution of these resources was based on the needs of schools in terms of infrastructure and resourcing levels. The resources not only benefited teachers and students during school closure but continued to enhance learning in classrooms after schools reopened.