Literacy Day Launched

Curriculum Officer Meriam Warawia standing with Ekipe Primary School Teachers and Year 2,3 & 4 students.

The Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) yesterday launched the Literacy Week.

Curriculum officer Meriam Warawia says Vanuatu is linguistically complex which poses difficulties in language teaching.

This year’s theme is ‘I speak, write and read in many languages’.

Held at the Chiefs Nakamal, the weeklong literacy program will end on Friday this week.

Mrs Warawia says the aim is to involve kids and get them to participate by looking at the books on display from Read Pacific and the Curriculum Development Unit (CDU) that have been distributed throughout schools in Vanuatu.

Mrs Warawia encourages parents and teachers to bring their kids to see the displays and to ask questions as they will be happy to answer any queries that anyone has.

Rita Firiam from Read Pacific says their books are available in French, English and Bislama.

She says their Sunshine Books label has reading books from level 1-30 and parents can access their kid’s progress through those levels.

Mrs Firiam says the CUD have identified a few books of theirs and requested French translations.

She says apart from reading books, they have novels suitable for Years 10,11 and 12.

Study guides are also available for accounting, biology, economics, geography and many more.

Mrs Firiam says Read Pacific is located at Coffee opposite Rapid Electrics.

Curriculum Officer Warawia says now we have a unified curriculum for both English and French schools making it helpful as teachers are seeing improvements.

Some teachers also asserted seeing improvements from teaching children in their first language from Kindy to Year 4.

In 2017, Vanuatu scored 65% literacy levels amongst Year 4 students and 73% amongst Year 6 students. This was accessed through the Vanuatu standard assessment (VANSTA).

Regionally, Vanuatu Year 4 kids showed a 65% literacy rate in the Pacific Islands Literacy Assessment (PILA) test. This is a gradual improvement.

Mrs Warawia thanks the Australian government for their ongoing support through the Vanuatu Education Support Program (VESP).

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