Last updated: 24/3/2022

Basic Information

Country
Geographic area
Population group
Children

Programme Details

Programme objectives

Improving accessibility of basic schooling for students of Year 1 to Year 11, aiming to achieve universal free education. 

References
CRIN. 2016. Samoa: Children's Rights References in the Universal Periodic Review. Child Rights International Network website. <https://www.crin.org/en/library/publications/samoa-childrens-rights-references-universal-periodic-review>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Start date
2010
References
Amosa, Desmond and Michael Samson. 2012. “Samoa Country Case Study.” The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). <https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Documents/samoa-case-study.pdf>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Coverage
163 schools.
References
Amosa, Desmond and Michael Samson. 2012. “Samoa Country Case Study.” The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). <https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Documents/samoa-case-study.pdf>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Programme expenditure
SAT 5.7 million (fiscal year 2015-2016)
References
Government of Samoa. 2015. Samoa Prime Minister and Minister of Finance 2015/16 Budget Address: Living Within Our Means. Speech delivered in Parliament on 26 May 2015. Government of Samoa website. <http://www.samoagovt.ws/2015/05/20152016-budget-address/>. Accessed 19 November 2018.

Targeting and eligiblity

Targeting methods
Categorical Targeting
Targeted areas
National
Target groups
Children (Students from years 1 – 11)
References
CRIN. 2016. Samoa: Children's Rights References in the Universal Periodic Review. Child Rights International Network website. <https://www.crin.org/en/library/publications/samoa-childrens-rights-references-universal-periodic-review>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Eligibility criteria
All primary and secondary schools are eligible (except private ones).
References
CRIN. 2016. Samoa: Children's Rights References in the Universal Periodic Review. Child Rights International Network website. <https://www.crin.org/en/library/publications/samoa-childrens-rights-references-universal-periodic-review>. Accessed 19 November 2018.

Coverage and other information

Type of benefits
Grants are provided to schools in order to eliminate fees.
References
Amosa, Desmond and Michael Samson. 2012. “Samoa Country Case Study.” The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). <https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Documents/samoa-case-study.pdf>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Amount of benefits
SAT 100 per student
References
Amosa, Desmond and Michael Samson. 2012. “Samoa Country Case Study.” The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). <https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Documents/samoa-case-study.pdf>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Payment/delivery frequency
Annual
Benefit delivery mechanism
Bank Transfer directly into the schools’ bank accounts
References
Amosa, Desmond and Michael Samson. 2012. “Samoa Country Case Study.” The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). <https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Documents/samoa-case-study.pdf>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Benefit recipients
Schools receive grants on behalf of the students.
References
Amosa, Desmond and Michael Samson. 2012. “Samoa Country Case Study.” The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). <https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Documents/samoa-case-study.pdf>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Minimum and maximum duration of benefits (if any)
Grants are provided based on school enrolment for the previous year.
References
Amosa, Desmond and Michael Samson. 2012. “Samoa Country Case Study.” The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). <https://dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Documents/samoa-case-study.pdf>. Accessed 19 November 2018.
Monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and frequency
The framework for monitoring the programme at school level involves indicators on costs and outputs (e.g.: changes in teaching and learning practices and materials; variations on enrollment and participation levels). At the ministerial level, gross and net enrolment, as well as dropout, retention and transition rates are to be monitored. At the end of the first three years an external review was to be realized.3 A mid-term review of the scheme was carried out.
References
CRIN. 2016. Samoa: Children's Rights References in the Universal Periodic Review. Child Rights International Network website. <https://www.crin.org/en/library/publications/samoa-childrens-rights-references-universal-periodic-review>. Accessed 19 November 2018. SSFGS Program Design Document. 2010. <http://wbgfiles.worldbank.org/documents/hdn/ed/saber/supporting_doc/EAP/Samoa/SAA/MESC_2011_Samoa_School_Fees_Grant_Scheme_Program_Design_Document.pdf>. Accessed 19 November 2018.