Vanuatu Study Tour

2015 11 28 vanuatu study tour 01On the 23rd November 2015, nine Vanuatu teachers flew into Brisbane airport to begin a study tour in Northern NSW. These teachers are from the capital of Vanuatu, Port Vila and teach their in a small school of 300 students. Recently teachers from Pacific Coast Christian School visited to assist these teachers in implementing a research based literacy program to assist Ni-van students improve in their literacy as a continuation of this learning the teachers have come to Pacific Coast Christian School to observe teachers practicing the Reading mastery program.

In this time a very emotional and symbolic meeting of the Southsea Islander community was held at the Chinderah memorial for the Islander families who had been black birded earlier in the century. This meeting was a time of healing and celebration of culture which members of the community really appreciated. Some of the Vanuatu teachers found they were related to families living in Australia.

“It is a great privilege and honour to be able to coordinate and support our closest Island neighbours in Vanuatu. In this time the Seaside school teachers were honoured guests at a fundraising dinner held by Pac Assist, with the purpose of raising $10,000 to assist in building a school in Espirito Santo, Vanuatu.”

Eve Krahe