5 Mar 2015

New Caledonia donates school materials to Vanuatu

4:19 pm on 5 March 2015

New Caledonia has delivered five tonnes of school materials to 45 francophone schools around Vanuatu.

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The head of the Department of Regional Co-operation and External Relations in New Caledona, Marie Paule Caruso, says the materials include books, tables and computers.

Ms Caruso says the materials were collected by a non-government organisation called Pikinini Association New Caledonia.

She says that education is the first prioriy of a new agreement signed between the two countries.

"Our future are our kids so we think it really important to give support to education so that the kids in the Pacific Island countries, specifically in Vanuatu, have the same chance as the case we have in New Caledonia or countries like Australia and New Zealand."

The territorial government paid for the shipment of the containers and Ms Caruso says more shipments will be sent in the future.