1965 - Educational Television in American Samoa

1965:


The Governor of American Samoa to the Secretary of the Interior for the fiscal year ended June 30th.   1965 Annual Report,
H. Rex Lee (Dem)
U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.


 
Television teachers recording lesson programs for later broadcast at the Kirwan Educational Television Center, Utulei.  Lessons are prerecorded on video tape for later broadcast to the new system of elementary and high schools.
 
Fiscal year 1965 was a year of exciting and dramatic consequence for the department of education of the government of American Samoa. The broadcasting of the first lesson program October 5, 1964, meant not only that a goal had been reached in the territory; it also had implications throughout the under-developed world. …Educational television is one way to insure that excellent teachers are available to every child enrolled in a school system regardless of its size. (this report goes on to explain the history of and inception of ETV including mention of Vernon Bronson and his researched report concerning feasibility here, in Samoa) …(Lee, 1965: 11-15).

Many old schools like the one shown here – some in much worse condition – were scattered about the territory.  They were soon to be replaced by the beautiful new schools like Leate’ele Consolidated Elementary School in the village of Fagasa, on the north shore of Tutuila.  One of 24 new elementary schools built especially for the use of instructional television.

Educational Goals: …Samoan children…should be equipped with the educational tools that would enable them to compete with other American young people. …(ibid. p 17)
 
Other Activities: The department continued to operate the Feleti Memorial Teacher Training Center, although major emphasis is placed upon the training of new teachers through their attendance on scholarship at universities and the colleges on the mainland or in Hawaii. (ibid. p. 18).
 
 
 
 

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