PACIFIC CALLS FOR LOWERING OF COMMUNICATIONS CHARGES TO BOOST EDUCATIONAL

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YAREN, Nauru (August 18, 2001 – Radio Australia)---Leaders of the 16 Pacific Island Forum countries have called for a lowering of telecommunication charges to help improve the delivery of education to people in the Pacific.

The Forum, which wound up a leaders’ summit meeting at the weekend, adopted several recommendations from a meeting of education ministers earlier this year, who were asked to address concerns that basic education systems were failing young Pacific Islanders.

Radio Australia correspondent Sean Dorney reports.

"The leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum agreed that more needs to be done in the Island countries to provide the necessary resources for basic education.

"They recognized how important information technology is in the delivery of education in the modern world and called on member countries, as a matter of urgency, to see how they could cut the high cost of accessing the Internet in many island countries.

"Sean Dorney, Radio Australia, Nauru."

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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