Free internet access for school students

Students in Vanuatu will soon be able to study at home, with the Ministry of Education and Training to provide free internet access to 34 education websites.

The Director General for the Ministry of Education and Training, Bergmans Iati, says the 34 websites will support students’ learning during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The Director General says with the current COVID-19 situation, the websites will assist students to stay home and do their school work online.

“These websites are free to access and are part of the ministry of education’s home school package,” Mr Iati said.

He says the education ministry in partnership with Vodafone Vanuatu will work closely with schools across the country to set up the free websites.

He says all education programs and school information will be provided to students via the websites.

The Minister for Education and Training, Simeon Seule, says many parents have been worried about their children’s learning being disrupted by both COVID-19 and Cyclone Harold but the new websites will now provide support to students with free school internet.

The Chief Executive Officer for Vodafone Vanuatu, Barlen Lutchmoodoo, says Vanuatu’s education sector is important and Vodafone is proud to be supporting the education ministry at this time.

“With the impact of COVID-19 and the damage by Cyclone Harold to the northern islands, there is an urgent need for education to continue,” Mr Lutchmoodoo said.

He says Vodafone Vanuatu is committed to the project and to “giving students free internet access for their learning online”.

Students can access the websites through phones, laptops and other devices.

The education ministry and Vodafone Vanuatu announced the new services when commemorating the International Day for Universal Access to Information on 28 September.

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