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By Len Garae PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, March 22, 2010) - The Ministry of Education is organizing a public forum at Le Lagon Resort today and tomorrow to present a brand new home grown Education Curriculum for the first time to replace the current one which was handed over to the first ever Government of the Republic of Vanuatu on Independence on July 30 of 1980.

While introducing the project to Daily Post, the Director General of Education, Russel Nari said the same content will be taught in both English and French.

After 30 years of independence, the DG said it has become crystal clear that what "we have inherited is not relevant with which to teach the children of this country.

"It is important we redefine our Curriculum to meet the needs of our country regardless of which of the two official languages; either English or French you use in class".

In addition, the DG said the new Curriculum will not only be restricted to formal education but also vocational or technical training. "This is vital to make sure it builds a link between the two so that if a student wishes to continue at higher level of education, he or she can proceed", he said.

One of the most interesting aspects of the new Curriculum is that students will be introduced to customs and culture at an early age because we know that the country’s economy is agriculture-based.

Meanwhile the current Curriculum does not have an emphasis on agriculture. "The truth is that those who succeed through the current Curriculum end up as workers who are employed by foreigners or the Public Service, but they do not become investors or business men and women, so we will also introduce enterprise at an early age in school from Year 3 to Year 13," Nari said.

"We want to create this mentality so that when a student completes his or her education, he or she has a business-oriented mind and goes into business. By and by we will no longer depend on foreign investors to create employment opportunities for our school leavers but when they enter the job market, they will work for our own home grown investors."

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