REMAPED project supports schools in Vanuatu [fr]
EcolesPikinini.Nouvelle-Calédonie is a caledonian association specialized in aid towards education, and who came to Vanuatu following Cyclone Pam to coordinate a solidarity action on the whole archipelago in April 2015. They provided educational help towards schools in areas affected by the cyclone.
Left to right : M. Gaetan Pikioune (back), minister of finances, Mme Catherine Cabane, president of EcolesPikinini.NC, and M. Alain du Boispéan, French Ambassador .
In 2016, the association is coming back to Vanuatu with the Remaped Project to help francophone schools to reconstitute their teaching material after PAM devastated them. The Remaped project is a Caledonian initiative designed in collaboration with the Vanuatu Ministry of Education and Training, funded by the Pacific Funds and by the New Caledonia Government for a budget of 51 000 €, and which is supported by the French Embassy in Vanuatu.
The Remaped objective is to resupply the 55 francophone schools and high schools affected by the cyclone with teaching resources and material, and with computer hardware, either new or recycled. This project aims, in a one year delay, at enabling the schools to provide instruction in the same of preferably better conditions than before the cyclone. It also aims at enhancing the quality and the attractiveness of education in French speaking schools of Vanuatu.
Today, Mr. Gaetan PIKIOUNE, Minister of Finance, acting for the Minister of Education and Training, Mr. Alain du BOISPÉAN, French Ambassador and Mr. Silas BULE, Parliamentary Secretary for Education go along with Catherine CABANE, president of EcolesPikinini.NC, for the reception and opening of the 40 feet container which arrived from New Caledonia during the weekend. Lycee LAB generously offered its lawn to open the container for the association to be able to unload 67 m3 of computer hardware, furniture, teaching resources and material (books, paper, textbooks, and notebooks) which will be distributed to francophone schools, high-schools and colleges affected by the cyclone Pam. It’s not anymore 55 but a total of more than 80 schools that will receive donations thanks to volunteers who will ensure the material distribution all over the archipelago.