Although Vanuatu is a popular tourist destination, a lot of the country remains underdeveloped due to the remote locations of many communities. Rural populations have little access to essential services such as health, education, justice and protection. Another issue is the high percentage of children and young people in Vanuatu. This places pressure on communities and adults and exposes children to family breakdowns, violence, abuse and neglect. It also results in a large number of unemployed youth who often turn to crime or bad behavior such as drinking and taking drugs. Vanuatu is susceptible to natural disasters because it is located along the Pacific Ring of Fire where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. Floods and cyclones also pose a threat to communities.
More than 270 Thousand
people live there
Girls only stay in school an average of 11 years
16 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday
A parent earns an average
of just $8 a day
Save the Children is currently running an Early Childhood Education program in partnership with the Ministry of Education to improve education opportunities for children living in remote communities. The program includes teacher training, curriculum development and the construction of kindergartens.
Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2015 State of the World’s Mothers report.
You can access detailed data here.
Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2015; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programe 2015; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2015