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Education support


Australia is working with Nauru’s Department of Education to improve the number and quality of teaching staff, and increase enrolment and retention rates of students. The overarching aim is to provide better employment opportunities for Nauruans through skills-building that is relevant to both the local and international markets.

Assistance is being put towards improved management of the Department of Education through the funding of a number of senior management roles. Australia is directly financing teacher salaries and teacher training programs to improve the quality of education in classrooms, and school refurbishments are taking place to better the overall learning environment for students. The development of a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) curriculum is also enabling the new secondary school to offer internationally recognised TVET certificates—assisting greatly with future job prospects.


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Australia has a formal partnership with New Zealand on work in Nauru’s education sector.


Results to date

  • The overall number of children enrolled in schools has increased from 2,851 in 2006 to 3,026 in 2011, with a roughly equal ratio of boys to girls. This includes 40 students with special needs enrolled at Nauru’s Able/Disable Centre.
  • The percentage of teaching staff with a degree or diploma has increased from 30 per cent in 2010 to 93 per cent in 2011.
  • In 2011, 170 people were enrolled in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) at the newly reconstructed Nauru Secondary School, which was built with Australian funding. Around 300 people were on the waiting list at this time for after-hours training.


  Current Stage
Started 2009 Implementing

Review and planning for a new phase 2013-14
New phase planned from 2015



The following documents describe this initiative in more detail*. Documents are uploaded as the initiative progresses. Find out more about the aid management cycle and the documents you can expect to find.

1. Policy & Direction Setting 2. Plan & Design 3. Implementation & Performance Management 4. Review & Evaluation
Nauru–Australia Partnership for Development
Footpath II (Education Sector Strategic Plan 2008-13)

Education Implementation Strategy
Nauru–Australia Partnership for Development Report

  Education Advisor Job Description
MoU between Australia and Nauru on the Development Cooperation Program

  Secondary School Advisory Principal Job Description
Republic of Nauru National Sustainable Development Strategy


*The Australian aid program is committed to publishing documents and data concerning Australia’s official development assistance in a way that is comprehensive, accessible and current. Our practice is to publish documents once finalised and where appropriate after the partner government and any other partners directly involved in the delivery of the initiative have been consulted. Not all material published on this site is created by the Australian aid program and therefore not all documents reflect our views. In limited circumstances some information may be withheld for reasons including privacy and commercial sensitivity.


Last reviewed: 1 November, 2013