Students in class at a primary school on Malekula Island, Vanuatu. Photo by: Connor Ashleigh / AusAID / CC BY

CANBERRA — Utilizing the Indigenous to Indigenous approach to development, a program in Vanuatu is hoping to show new ways to support better engagement in education by combining local culture with Western education.

The second phase of the Vanuatu Education Support Program, or VESP, funded by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, aims to strengthen education systems through a focus on community engagement, communications, social inclusion, and localization.

To reach new communities in this second phase, VESP is partnering with Australian Indigenous development experts i2i Development Global, which has historic connections with the local population, and Coffey International.

“It’s been an exhilarating time full of learning,” Tony Martens,

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