31 Oct 2017

Push to teach Vanuatu children about independence struggle

9:53 am on 31 October 2017

Vanuatu's head of state Obed Moses Tallis has called on schools as well as parents to teach their children the history of the country's independence struggle.

Dancers carrying Mr Tallis to the stadium.

Dancers carrying Mr Tallis to the stadium. Photo: Vanuatu Daily Post / Len Garae

Mr Tallis made the call after visiting the grave of one of the independence pioneers, Alexi Yolou, who was shot and killed in Lowanatom village on Tanna Island during the struggle 37 years ago.

The head of state paid tribute to all those who lost their lives saying it was a result of their sacrifice that the people of Vanuatu enjoy freedom today.

He arrived in style at Lenakel Laminu stadium on a wooden chair carried by Tanna men who were surrounded by over 200 custom dancers.