MOE &Sagoa
Photo credit: Van2017

The Ministry of Education and Training pledges its ongoing support to Van2017 Pacific Mini Games this week, as part of the Government‘s commitment to deliver the Games in December.

 Under the MOU signed between the Ministry of Education and Van2017 Pacific Mini Games, the MOE will assist the Van2017 outreach program, which is called the “Champions Program” targeting primary schools around the country.

 The Champions Program driven by the Mascot of the Games, Nasi the Nasiviru, the loveable bird and friend of children, will be delivered through a 25 week program with the distribution of thirty thousand (30,000) booklets and dice, posters and lessons plans to school children in over 400 primary schools across the six Provinces.

 A key objective of the Pacific Mini Games is to create awareness that is event of National Significance is not just about SPORT, and that these are Vanuatu Games (not just Port Vila). Like many other Games of this nature (Commonwealth Games, Olympic Games) the Vanuatu Games are about inclusion, respect, dedication, unity and positively affecting community values.

 The program promotes the educational aspects of:

·         Healthy Lifestyle – physical activity & nutrition

·         Healthy Habits – Hygiene – Dental, Wash, Sanitation, Water

·         Character of Champions – in sports and in your own life (dedication, setting goals, teamwork, motivation)

·         Sports & Culture – awareness of the Pacific Games, sports in general, customs of Vanuatu

·         Environment – Waste Management, Recycling, Eco-Tourism, Climate Change, Healthy Oceans

The program will be delivered over 25 weeks into Primary schools with Posters, lesson plans for each subject, encouragement stickers for students and a legacy Nasi & His Friends Go To The Pacific Mini Games booklet complete with games and dice.

MOE meeting
MOE meeting with van2017: Photo credit: Van2017

 Supporting the Program is a visit by the loveable Mascot himself, Nasi, with the assistance of his Abu, the narrator, who will deliver the key messages of the program in an interactive, demonstrative show.  Children can sing and dance with Nasi with the messages reinforced by the 25 week lesson plan & posters.

 Nasi will be visiting schools around Vanuatu, and has nearly visited every school in Shefa Province.  Nasi’s next visit will be to SANMA Province at the end of May, beginning in Luganville before heading to East of Santo, West and then south of the island.  School children in the Islands of Malo, Aore and Bokissa will be fortunate enough to have fun with Nasi and learn more about the progress of the Games preparations.

 Van2017 Mascot Nasi will spend fourteen (14) days in Sanma Province before returning back to Port Vila.  The next Province Nasi will visit will be TAFEA next month.

 Van2017 values and appreciates the assistance of the Ministry of Education & Training by way of support for the program into the school system, especially to the outreach islands in all provinces, and the Ministry of Health with key health messages.  Special contributions and community partners Australian Aid, VESS, Okeanos Vanuatu, & the Department of Environmental Protection & Conservation.

 Van2017 thanks Sponsors Digicel, Azure Pure Water, ODC Computers, Pacific Energy, Hertz, FM107, Holiday Inn Resort, Air Vanuatu, Fr8/DHL & the Ifira Group of Companies, without their commitment to the Games, the Champions Program would not be possible.

For more information on Van2017 Pacific Mini Games, visit our website at   or Facebook page: vanuatu2017

Source: Van2017 press release