18 Jun 2008

New Zealand provides three million US dollars of aid to Vanuatu

9:13 am on 18 June 2008

New Zealand is providing three million US dollars of aid to help Vanuatu ensure all children receive quality basic education.

The New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters says many children in Vanuatu are missing out on education altogether while literacy and numeracy levels there compare poorly with other Pacific countries.

He says a good basic education offers many benefits, making people more employable, and thereby improving the living standards of individuals, families and communities.

The latest announcement is part of a five year strategy developed two years ago, when New Zealand committed, along with other aid donors, to have all children in Vanuatu reach a minimum education level of grade eight.