On Friday 20th September, the French school was delighted and honoured to host famous guests attending the unveiling of a year 9 project

Gender equality is part of the republican values of the French school system, and the French school of Port Vila has decided to put a special emphasis on that issue.

As part of a chapter about gender equality in their English class, the year 9 class has worked on women who have left their mark or are still leaving it in Vanuatu history. Some students prepared oral presentations on the Ni — Vanuatu woman of their choice and 7 names were then chosen, names of women whom they wished to honor for their action.

Students selected Mrs Hilda Lini, Mrs Pakoa, Mrs Mary Estelle Mahuk, Mrs Juliette Pita, Mrs Grace Mera Molisa, Mrs Miller Pata and Mrs Anolyn Lulu. Most of them very kindly came to the school on that day or sent their relatives when they couldn’t come. A true honour for our school!

The final project was to create a painting, presenting the names of the 7 women we have selected, accompanied by a symbol representing for our students the action of each woman. They painted these 7 names on the grey container that you may have noticed in the French high school, along the main road. This container will be in view from the road and will honor these “Important woman blong Vanuatu”. One way to remind everyone that men are not alone in writing the history of a country!