Invasive species School Challenge winners go on to regional competition
- Published on 01 September 2016
Students learned about the harm that invasive species do in Samoa and then competed with art projects, essays, and activities that they created based on their new knowledge.
The first prize for primary schools went to All Saints Anglican. Vaitele Uta won second prize, followed by (3) Vailele, (4) Falealupo, and (5) Faleaseela.
Maina Iakopo, 13 yrs, from Vaipua Primary School, Fogasavaii, in Savaii, said that he learnt a lot during the Invasive Species Schools Challenge. "We have to work together to get rid of invasive species," he said.
For secondary schools, the winners are Lefaga for first place, followed by (2) Mataaevave, (3), Nuuausala, (4) Safata, and (5) Chanel.
Prizes for the Samoan School Challenge were provided by ANZ Samoa, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE), Samoa Stationary and Books (SSAB), Business Systems Limited (BSL), and Samoa Commercial Bank.
A series of factsheets, along with a cartoon animation and classroom challenge sheets, have been made available across the region for schools to use and to participate in a regional invasive species school challenge, which is part of a wider programme called "Invasive Species – Everyone's responsibility".
"It's hoped that while learning about invasive species, students of all ages across the Pacific islands can try the challenge activities and incorporate fun into their learning," said Mr David Moverley, the Invasive Species Adviser at SPREP.
Samoa's top entries will go on to be included in the regional competition, supported by SPREP and Fonds Pacifique. Each Pacific island is invited to submit three winning entries for regional judging.
"We are providing prizes for the top three challenge submissions we receive by 30 November this year," said Mr David Moverley.
"The materials are easily adapted to suit the needs of the classroom, and any school in the Pacific islands region is welcome to use the resources and try one of the challenge activities for submission into the contest."
The Samoan National School Challenge is supported by MNRE, SPREP, Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (MESC), ANZ Samoa, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
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