Australia's support for education and human resources in Tuvalu includes the Basic Education Support 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 Coaltion.
The Seasonal Worker Programme, led by the Department of Jobs and Small Business, connects Tuvaluan and other Pacific island workers with Australian employers experiencing labour shortages. The new Pacific Labour Scheme that commenced on 1 July 2018 also enables citizens of Tuvalu and other Pacific island countries to take up low and semi-skilled work opportunities in rural and regional Australia for up to three years. These initiatives allow workers to build their skills and send remittances home to support their families.
Basic Education Support Program
Up to $5 million, 2017-2021
Building on the Achieving Education for All in Tuvalu Program (Australia's contribution $3.6 million, 2012-2018), the Basic Education Support Program ($1.25 million per year) aims to enhance access to quality education. The program focuses on improving school management, training teachers and building student literacy levels.
Funafuti Classroom Building Project
Up to $4.1 million, 2015-2020
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) 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.