Education in Vanuatu

Joined Commonwealth: 1980

Population: 247,000 (2012)

GDP p.c. growth: 0.6% p.a. 1990–2012

UN HDI 2012: World ranking 124

Net secondary enrolment: 51.6% (2010)

Adult literacy: 83.4% (2012)


Public spending on education was 6.6 per cent of GDP in 2008.

The Ministry of Education is responsible for providing primary education, skills and value development in Vanuatu as well as coordinating education development and literacy programmes between government, NGOs, donors and communities.

Primary education, in French or English, is provided free of charge (with effect from 2010). Primary school comprises six years and secondary seven, with cycles of four and three years. Some 72 per cent of pupils complete primary school (2008). The school year starts in February.

Vanuatu is a partner in the regional University of the South Pacific, which has its main campus in Suva, Fiji, and a campus, the Emalus Campus, in Port Vila, Vanuatu, where 700-1,000 students per semester are enrolled for certificate, diploma, degree and postgraduate courses, using the university’s distance-learning facilities. The university’s law school and teaching programmes in Pacific languages and early childhood education are based at the Emalus Campus.