Vanuatu was a French colony, that's why it maintains some privileged
relationships with France...
Several French societies take care of the big facilities contributing to
the development of the country: water supply, electricity (Lyonaise des
Eaux), telephone (France Télécom).
In the sector of education, France brings an important support. Vanuatu
is thus able to offer a teaching based on the French model. But
the Ni-vanuatu can opt also for an English-speaking type of teaching (Australia
is with France one of the main benefactors of Vanuatu) .Generally, the
French-speaking teaching is better for the student because most of the
time they can master the French and the English in addition
of the Bislama, the local language. Very often, youngsters also know the
language of their village or their island.
For the higher studies, students have the possibility by the slant
of a specific formation to get ready for the entrance to the Faculty of
Noumea, in New Caledonia.
But of course, the official action of France doesn't limit itself to only the
domain of education...
Present on Port-Vila (the capital), the French Alliance can easily
promote the French language while offering various and varied activities such
as theater, literary contests, thematic evenings related to France. The
Alliance also proposes an access to its library, that doesn't quit to enlarge
thanks to the numerous grants of expatriates. To note, that since December,
the totality of "At the research of the lost time" is there available.
Thank you Ric. The library is in fact a mediatheque since many CD and video
tapes in French and, most of the time, from French origin is available.
Besides, an antenna of the Alliance exists since recently, on the island
of Santo for the biggest pleasure of its inhabitants.
Important organisms of research also got settled to Vanuatu. For instance,
we can note the presence of centers of the ORSTOM
to Port-Vila, and of the CIRAD
The ORSTOM justifies its presence again by the survey of Volcanos in
activity of Tanna and of Ambrym essentially. Vanuatu is regularly quaked
by small seismic jolts.
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