7 Jul 2015

$US7.3m for Vanuatu school rebuild

3:08 pm on 7 July 2015

Vanuatu's education sector has been allocated 7.3 million US dollars for reconstruction in the wake of Cyclone Pam.

Empty desks - This school on South Epi in the Shepherd Islands will not hear children's voices anytime soon.

Empty desks - This school on South Epi in the Shepherd Islands will not hear children's voices anytime soon. Photo: RNZ / Koroi Hawkins

The Ministry of Education says after waiting almost five months, it will now rebuild the 70 percent of school buildings that were damaged by the severe cyclone.

It says more than 34,500 school children in government and semi-government schools were affected by Pam.

The policy department's Roy Ben says each school needs to decide its priorities.

"All the development partners or funding agencies, they need to submit a project proposal for all their reconstruction activities that will be carried out in the schools, schools affected by Cyclone Pam."

Mr Ben says Australia, New Zealand, and the Asian Development Bank are contributing to the education rebuild.

Many schools have been carrying on with classes in make-shift classrooms, using tarpaulins and tents.

Library books drying on a concrete slab that used to be one of the classrooms of the Melemaat Primary School outside of Vila.

Resources were also damaged. A concrete slab that used to be one of the classrooms is used to dry library books at the Melemaat Primary School outside of Vila. Photo: RNZI / Koroi Hawkins

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