Nauru's new president says reforming the health and education systems are his government's highest priorities.
Lionel Aingimea, who became president in August, said far too many Nauruans had been left behind since the economic collapse and years of stagnation.
Teacher retention was a challenge, he said, and student truancy had reached alarming levels.
There were also problems with job opportunities for Nauruans.
As to healthcare, Mr Aingimea said too many people were dying from non-communicable diseases (NCDs), with Nauru having one of the highest death rates by NCDs in the world.