Improving early education and essential health services in Vanuatu

Overview

Australia supports the Vanuatu Government’s long terms goals of improving education quality, providing more equitable access to education and ensuring a well-managed education system.

Australia supports the Vanuatu Government’s Health Sector Strategy, which aims to improve health services.  Key areas of support are strengthening planning and budgeting, supporting primary healthcare and other public health programs including malaria and hospital services. 

Related initiatives

Vanuatu Education Support Program

Up to $39 million, 2012-2019

The Vanuatu Education Support Program (VESP) provides targeted support to the Ministry of Education and Training’s Corporate Plan and Vanuatu Education Sector Strategy. In order to harmonise and align programs with the Vanuatu Government, this program is co-funded with the New Zealand Government (through a delegated cooperation arrangement), with Australia as the lead donor, managing the overall program.

The focus of the program is on improving literacy and numeracy in kindergarten to year 3, in recognition that strong early years’ literacy and numeracy programs form the bedrock of an education system and should lead to higher retention rates and greater success in later years of schooling.

The program is implemented through five interrelated implementing strategies: training and supporting teachers to implement the new curriculum; strengthening early childhood care and education delivery; engaging communities through school based management; efficient delivery of facilities and equipment; and improving the capacity of Ministry of Education and Training to manage an effective, de-centralised education system.

The end of program outcomes and intermediate outcomes sought are:

  1. Improved literacy and numeracy of Year 1-3 students (girls and boys, including those with a disability)
    • schools implementing new curriculum in Years 1-3 (literacy and numeracy).
  2. Improved access for all girls and boys (including those with a disability) for early years of schooling
    • students commencing at the right age and transition through Years 1-3.
  3. Effective education service delivery for kindergarten and Years 1-3 at central, provincial, and school levels
    • provincial officers provide necessary support to school leaders.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Vanuatu Education Sector Strategy 2007-2016 2006 Strategy
Partnership for Development Implementation Schedule for Education 2009 Strategy
Vanuatu Education Road Map 2009 Strategy
Joint Partnership Arrangement for Vanuatu Education Road Map 2009  
Vanuatu Secondary School Extension Project Phase II Independent Completion Report 2009 Evaluation
Vanuatu Education Support Program Design Document 2012 Design
Vanuatu Early Grade Reading Assessment Baseline Survey (Francophone Stream) 2012 Study
Vanuatu Early Grade Reading Assessment Baseline Survey (Anglophone Stream) 2012 Study
Vanuatu Education Sector Public Expenditure Review 2012 Study
Vanuatu Education Support Program mid-term review and management response 2016 Report and management response
Vanuatu Strengthening Early Childhood Care and Education completion report and management response 2017 Report and management response

Vanuatu Health Sector

Up to $41.5 million, 2010-2018

Australian aid to the Vanuatu Health Sector is assisting Vanuatu’s Ministry of Health to improve public health administration and service delivery and is aligned to the Vanuatu Government’s Health Sector Delivery Strategy 2010–16. Australian aid is targeted at malaria prevention; immunisation; hospital and nursing support; the village health worker program; and systems-strengthening support to the Ministry of Health in the areas of financial management, asset management, procurement and health information systems.

Key outcomes sought are:

  • improved public financial management capacity within the Ministry of Health
  • improved health services for over 70 per cent of Vanuatu's population
  • strengthened public provincial healthcare service
  • control and progressively eliminate malaria in line with Vanuatu’s National Malaria Strategic Plan.

Related documents*

Name of document Year published Type
Vanuatu Government Health Sector Strategy 2010-2016 2010 Strategy
Partnership for Development Implementation Schedule for Health 2010 Strategy
Joint Partnership Arrangement for Vanuatu Health Sector Strategy 2011 Strategic agreement
Pacific Malaria Initiative Independent Progress Review 2010 Evaluation
Independent Evaluation of the Village Health Worker Program, Vanuatu 2013 Evaluation
Independent Evaluation of the Village Health Worker Program, Vanuatu – Management Response 2013 Evaluation response
Australian health portfolio review, Vanuatu 2015 Review

* The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is committed to high standards of transparency and accountability in the management of the Australian aid program through publishing information on our website, including policies, plans, results, evaluations and research. Our practice is to publish documents after the partner government and any other partners directly involved in the delivery of the initiative have been consulted. Not all material published on this site is created by the Australian aid program and therefore not all documents reflect our views. In limited circumstances some information may be withheld for reasons including privacy and commercial sensitivity.



 

 



Last Updated: 14 August 2017