17 Sep 2013

Nauru says asylum seeker children now getting schooling

2:54 pm on 17 September 2013

The Nauru government says school classes are now being provided at the asylum seeker detention camps.

There are now more than 50 children among the 600 people being held at 3 locations on the island.

The government says classes have begun in mathematics, english and cultural studies.

An official with Australia's Department of Immigration and Citizenship says the classes are being conducted by Save the Children staff.

The Nauru government is also giving instruction in Nauruan culture, including the weaving of grass skirts and flower headbands.

It says it also allowed families and children to spend time last week at a beach on the island for the first time.

The government says after school hours the young asylum seekers were allowed to play in the playground at the Aiwo Primary School.