Pacific Islands Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (PILNA) 2021: Meet Asnath Tasale, PILNA National Coordinator 2021 – Vanuatu

PILNA, being the region’s largest assessment, focusses on the literacy and numeracy proficiency skills of Year 4 and Year 6 students. These are required skills that children need to progress through school and life, including literacy skills in reading…

Stat of the week: In Vanuatu, 8.6% of the population lived below the international poverty line in 2019, a decrease from 13.1% in 2009

In Vanuatu, 8.6% of the population lived below the international poverty line in 2019, a decrease from 13.1% in 2009. This evolution shows some reduction of extreme poverty in Vanuatu. To illustrate this statistic, Vanuatu graduated from the world's…

We know more about the moon than we know about our oceans - Early Career Oceans Professionals in Vanuatu

Steve Hango and fellow ECOP Mildrek Kelokelo aboard the One Ocean Expedition in Fiji For a long time, the Vanuatu oceans office, charged with the management of Vanuatu’s marine environment and its resources, has been a one-man affair. Toney Trevi, Head…

Conversation with Maria Yamsiu: South Pacific Form Seven Certificate 2021

How has your involvement in the implementation of the South Pacific Form Seven Certificate Francophone curriculum helped Vanuatu’s education system in 2021?

Vanuatu prioritises seeds for sustainable agriculture

Vanuatu is prioritising seed as an important sector for revitalising its food security resilience after signing a Direct Grant Agreement (DGA) between the Vanuatu Government and The Pacific Community (SPC), in partnership with Manaaki Whenua Landcare…

Harmonisation of the Regional Year 13 assessment brings new opportunities for Vanuatu’s Francophone students

Almost a decade long commitment to compiling the curriculum and assessments for the Francophone version of the South Pacific Form Seven Certificate (SPFSC) yielded success in 2021, providing Francophone students with a qualification that provides better…

Vanuatu: Key academic qualification administered for the first time in French

Last year, for the first time, the Pacific Community (SPC), administered the Francophone version of the South Pacific Form Seven Certificate (SPFSC) programme in 7 schools in Vanuatu. With more than a third of the schools in the country being French-…

Green News: Vanuatu - Addressing climate change is safeguarding human rights

Bob Loughman Weibur, Prime minister of the Republic of Vanuatu, published an opinion piece in Newsweek, enhancing the fact that the climate crisis is a human rights crisis. According to him, local farmers and fishers, island women, men and young people…

Keeping us all fed – The Pacific Food System

The term ‘food systems’ refers to interconnected activities involved in the production, processing, distribution, and consumption of food.  They are enormously complex and important. And while food systems are now globally influenced, their impacts are…

Overcoming the Pandemic: Regional Commitment to build a brighter future for Pacific children

The Pacific Community (SPC) will be launching the results of the Pacific Islands Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (PILNA), on 8 September during the International Literacy Day celebrations, using a more interactive digital reporting version that will be…
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