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.
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:
- 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).
- 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.
- Effective education service delivery for kindergarten and Years 1-3 at central, provincial, and school levels
- provincial officers provide necessary support to school leaders.
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.