20 Jul 2016

Vanuatu village revelling in first access to internet

3:27 pm on 20 July 2016

A Vanuatu village has used its first internet connection to access data browsing youtube videos and football results.

The service at Lambubu Primary School provides internet for hundreds of people in the community.

The service at Lambubu Primary School provides internet for hundreds of people in the community. Photo: Supplied/Kacific

A pilot programme by the satellite operator Kacific and the Vanuatu government set up the service at Lambubu Primary School on Malekula Island earlier this month.

The CEO of Kacific, Christian Patouraux, said a variety of information had been accessed.

A Lambubu School student searches sharks on the newly internet connection.

A Lambubu School student searches sharks on the newly internet connection. Photo: Supplied/Kacific

"You wouldn't imagine what people would search, they search variety of sharks in the waters of Vanuatu, pictures of apples. It was quite funny to see what people are browsing, it's just a general learning, general curiosity of a human discovering knowledge, discovering the world really."

Mr Patouraux said the internet connection would help the school use up to date resources to teach its students.

Students at Lambubu School crowd around the internet with Kacific's Jacques-Samuel Prolon.

Students at Lambubu School crowd around a computer with Kacific's Jacques-Samuel Prolon. Photo: Supplied/Kacific