A signing ceremony at Lycée de Montmartre, yesterday afternoon between the caretaker Minister of Education and Training (MoET), Toara Daniel, DG of Prime Minister's Office, Johnson Naviti, French Ambassador to Vanuatu and the President of Southern Province in New Caledonia has sealed the financial assistance agreement of Vt25 million grant towards reconstruction of damaged buildings at the school.
President of Southern Province in New Caledonia, Philippe Michel who sympathized with the people of Vanuatu that were severely affected by Pam said friends, Rotary and partners in New Caledonia came together and raised funds towards recovery of Pam's destruction in Montmartre school.
The caretaker minister noted that after Cyclone Pam. the Education cluster and Education Operation Center was established at the Ministry and their aim was to carry out plan and collect information in all schools throughout Vanuatu that were affected by the cyclone.
"Vanuatu has approximately 440 classrooms for French and English medium school. Vanuatu needs more new schools, while number of existing ones are in drastic need of renovation."
Care taker Minister of MoET expressed the Vanuatu caretaker government's appreciation to the Ambassador of France to Vanuatu and the French Government through the New Caledonia Southern Province for their continued assistance towards the Education sector in Vanuatu.
MP Toara also extended his words of thanks to the Australian Government, the New Zealand Government, donor partners, and NGOs who have also contributed towards the development of education in Vanuatu.
Mr. Michel said this assistance does not stop here, as he will also donate another Vt60m that will be directed to other schools in Vanuatu.
Renovation works on Montmartre school is expected to commence early next year.