26 Mar 2015

Vanuatu children back to school on Monday

3:18 pm on 26 March 2015

Save the Children says sending children affected by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu back to school will help them deal with the trauma they have experienced and normalise their lives.

The Government has instructed schools to start up on Monday.

Save the Children's country director, Tom Skirrow, says children's lives have been significantly disrupted over the past two weeks, and it's important to get them back to school as soon as possible.

He says where classrooms are still being used as evacuation centres or are badly damaged, large tents will be brought in for use.

"The quicker that they can normalise their lives, the more they can get over the trauma they've experienced and the more they can get used to life. And it also helps them to be more protected, too. I mean it helps them to be safeguarded while their parents are out fixing up their houses and fixing up their gardens to be in a safe environment in a school."

Tom Skirrow says while there is a lack of resources like books and stationery, schools will do the best with what they have.

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