Education in Tuvalu
Joined Commonwealth: 1978
Population: 10,000 (2009)
There are nine years of compulsory education starting at age six. The school year starts in January.
The Maritime Training School on Funafuti (founded in 1979) offers vocational, technical and commerce courses. Tuvalu is a partner in the regional University of the South Pacific, which has its main campus in Suva, Fiji Islands, and a campus on Funafuti. Adult illiteracy is less than 5%.
The government’s strategy for education aims to raise standards in teaching and learning; enhance the relevance of the curriculum; ensure adequate availability of education for special needs; and strengthen management of the education system.