St. John's Uniting Church Wahroonga

Vanuatu Literacy Project

April 1996 --- An aerial photograph of Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu, also shows Iririki Island in Port Vila Bay. | Location: Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu.  --- Image by © Anders Ryman/Corbis

St. John’s and Wahroonga Preparatory School are working in partnership with UnitingWorld to support the Vanuatu Literacy Project of the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu. The project aims to kindle the love of reading throughout Vanuatu, which currently has the lowest literacy rates in the region. Funds raised in Australia are used to train librarians and teacher librarians from remote schools, and to provide them with the resources to create a library or reading space in their schools.

Following the devastation of Vanuatu by cyclone Pam (which damaged or destroyed every school in the islands) the project restarted in May.

Find out more from UnitingWorld.

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Rebuilding Onesua College

Part of UnitingWorld’s reconstruction efforts in Vanuatu following cyclone Pam is rebuilding schools – and rebuilding them to be able to withstand future cyclones. Neville Jones (Presbyterian Church Aotearoa New Zealand missionary in Vanuatu) has a great photo blog of images of the reconstruction work being funded and coordinated by UnitingWorld. See it here.

Concert for Vanuatu

It’s not the specific project that we are supporting, but this Saturday there’s a concert in support of the Paama Seaside Presbyterian Church and School at Wesley Uniting Church, Castle Hill. Tickets are $25 with supper, and can be obtained from the Church office on 9894 8999. Radhika, one of the performers at the concert,…

Vanuatu photos

I’ve just added a small collection of photos to the Vanuatu literacy page…

Vanuatu Update

A couple of days ago I received an update from Marnie Frost at UnitingWorld. The literacy program has just recommenced following Cyclone Pam, with 40 teachers and principals (see photo!) being supported to travel from remote communities to Port Vila to complete training that will lead to their re-accreditation. Funds raised in the Cyclone Pam…