Pacific Island Christian School - Espiritu Santo- Vanuatu
*** Cyclone Harold Update - 11th April: All is well. Students and teachers safe and no damage to school.
Education and Health - Pacific Island Christian School was officially opened in January 2019. This project has been supported by RAWCS, the international financial body of Rotary and in partnership with our friends at the Currumbin-Coolangatta-Tweed Rotary Inc.. Along with many private donations and volunteers who contributed both in Australia and in Vanuatu.
The School is the first non-denominational Christian School in Vanuatu. It currently has students enrolled from Kindergarten to Year 6 but it is hoped it will grow into catering for secondary school as well. There are further plans to develop this school into a Trade College with medical and teacher training facilities and become a epicentre of Education on Espiritu Santo Island.
Project Update: March 2020: Now over 100 students, school is booming. Upgrade to main school solar regulator and panel configuration change completed. Solar lighting installed in toilet/shower block.
Poverty - Breaking the poverty cycle is the key to the future for a lot of families in Vanuatu. Many of the children have to live away from family just to attend school. This breaks down family ties and traditional learning of subsistence practices. It is hoped having a school in the middle of many villages that children have community support throughout their education, whilst still contributing within their family unit and eventually using their knowledge to improve income generation and standard of living within their villages.