Australia’s support for education and human resources in Tuvalu includes the Achieving Education for All in Tuvalu Program and the Funafuti Classroom Building Project. Australia also supports access to training and employment opportunities in the region through the Australia Awards scholarship program and through assistance to the Australia-Pacific Technical College.
The Pacific Seasonal Worker Programme, led by the Department of Employment, connects Tuvaluan and other Pacific island workers with Australian employers experiencing labour shortages, typically in rural and remote areas. In addition, the five-year Pacific Microstates – Northern Australia Worker Pilot Program will provide up to 250 multiyear visas for citizens of Tuvalu, Kiribati and Nauru. These initiatives allow workers to build their skills and send remittances home to support their families.
Basic Education Support Program
Up to $5million, 2017-18 to 2020-21
Building on the Achieving Education for All in Tuvalu Program, the new program ($1.25 million per year) will aim to enhance access to quality education. The program will focus on improving school management, training teachers and building student literacy levels.
Funafuti Classroom Building Project
Up to $4.1 million, 2015-2017
Australia is providing a grant to the Government of Tuvalu to fund the construction of 12 new classrooms and two toilet blocks at the main Government primary school in the capital, Funafuti. The project will provide school facilities that will ease overcrowding issues (currently the average class size is 45 students to one teacher) and create an environment more conducive to student learning. The classroom building will be designed to withstand a Category 5 cyclone and also act as an emergency shelter for the local community.