Students in class at the FresWota School, Vanuatu. Credit: GPE/Arlene Bax

Partner since:

Total grant support: US$5,615,483

Grant eligibility:

  • Multiplier
  • System capacity
  • System transformation

Education sector plan

Objectives: Ensure every child has access to education; Improve performance management systems, teacher training, and reliable delivery of quality services; Formalize early learning and lifelong learning opportunities; Increase higher education opportunities, including technical and vocational training and skills.

Other key documents

Coordinating agency: Australian High Commission, Vanuatu

Transforming education in Vanuatu

Vanuatu’s Education and Training Sector Strategy (VETSS) for 2020-2030 recognizes education and training are key to a better and innovative future, protection of the country’s culture and identity, and the development of each and every individual, community, society and the nation as a whole.

The plan was developed to align with and respond to the strategic direction and intent of the National Sustainable Development Plan 2016 to 2030 (The People’s Plan).

The plan provides the direction and set priorities, taking into account the different key policy areas such as teacher quality, school subsidies, inclusive education, plurilingualism, infrastructure, curriculum, minimum standards, evidence-based policies, management systems, monitoring and evaluation, rationalization of resources, devolution, governance, partnerships and communication.

Vanuatu’s education system uses the “2-6-4–3” model (2 years of preschool, 6 years of primary, 4 years of lower secondary, and 3 years of upper secondary) plus post-secondary education.

The Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) manages the country’s education sector, supported by church education authorities. 

Over 98% of primary schools in Vanuatu are either public schools or government-assisted church schools. In the latter, church-operators are designated as ‘Education Authorities’ and operate under an agreement and regulatory framework with MoET to administer schools on behalf of the government.

A total of 92,600 students were enrolled in 2019 served by 4,230 teachers in a total of 1,453 schools. Vanuatu has achieved universal primary education. Nonetheless, enrollment rates in secondary education are still low, showing that a significant number of students drops out during secondary education.

Over the past four years, more boys than girls dropped out of school at the primary and secondary levels.

Results of the Vanuatu Standardized Test of Achievement (VANSTA) showed that 35% of Grade 4 students did not achieve minimum literacy standards in English in 2017, though results have been improving over the years.

Learn more about the Pacific Regional Education Framework (PacREF)

Result story

Vanuatu: Tackling the impact of natural disasters by building a resilient education system

  • Tropical cyclone Harold hit Vanuatu in 2020, destroying hundreds of schools and disrupting learning for thousands of students.
  • The cyclone’s widespread destruction combined with the effects of COVID-19 are greatly affecting the country’s education system.
  • With support from GPE, Vanuatu is making strides in increasing its resilience to natural disasters so that children can continue to learn during future crises.


(data as of February 22, 2024)

  • Type: System capacity

    Years: 2023

    Allocation: US$150,000

    Utilization: 0

    Grant agent: Save the Children Australia

  • Type: Program implementation and Multiplier

    Years: 2021 - 2024

    Allocation: US$3,000,204

    Utilization: US$1,560,854

    Grant agent: Save the Children Australia

  • Type: Program development

    Years: 2020 - 2021

    Allocation: US$389,875

    Utilization: US$389,875

    Grant agent: ADB

  • Type: Program development

    Years: 2020

    Allocation: US$174,816

    Utilization: US$174,816

    Grant agent: Save the Children UK

  • Type: COVID-19

    Years: 2020 - 2021

    Allocation: US$750,000

    Utilization: US$695,903

    Grant agent: Save the Children UK

  • Type: Accelerated funding

    Years: 2020 - 2022

    Allocation: US$499,796

    Utilization: US$481,962

    Grant agent: Save the Children UK

  • Type: Sector plan development

    Years: 2017 - 2018

    Allocation: US$195,102

    Utilization: US$195,102

    Grant agent: ADB

  • Type: Sector plan development

    Years: 2017 - 2019

    Allocation: US$455,690

    Utilization: US$455,690

    Grant agent: UNICEF

Civil society engagement

As part of its investment in civil society advocacy and social accountability efforts, GPE’s Education Out Loud fund is supporting Kolisen Blong Leftemap Edukesen for the 2020-2023 period. This builds on previous support from the Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF).

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