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Submitted by Catherine Riordan on
I remember a transcript of a radio show from Vanuatu about 10 years ago entitled 'More Education Means More Stupid'. The chiefs from a number of the outer islands were complaining that because the children in their villages were spending more time in school, they didn't have time to learn the important skills they needed to survive in the village, and the folklore of the tribe - so from their point of view, there was an opportunity cost to children being in formal education in terms of learning survival skills. As most children from those villages would not be educated beyond primary school, I wondered whether a generation who had neither the skills and knowledge to get work in the tourist industry in Port Vila, nor the skills to survive in their villages were being educated, or whether these children would serve as a 'bridge' out of their village for their own children?