Skip to main content

Image / Skul classroom interior 1 of 3

Have a question about this item?

Item information. View source record on contributor's website.

Skul classroom interior 1 of 3
Skinner-Jones, Ann
Date Created and/or Issued
Summer 1981
Contributing Institution
UC San Diego, The UC San Diego Library
Ann Skinner-Jones and Joan Larcom Photographs
Rights Information
Under copyright
Constraint(s) on Use: This work is protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). Use of this work beyond that allowed by "fair use" requires written permission of the copyright holder(s). Responsibility for obtaining permissions and any use and distribution of this work rests exclusively with the user and not the UC San Diego Library. Inquiries can be made to the UC San Diego Library program having custody of the work.
Use: This work is available from the UC San Diego Library. This digital copy of the work is intended to support research, teaching, and private study.
Rights Holder and Contact
Skinner-Jones, Ann
Vanuatu Universal Primary Education system, South West Bay School classroom, or 'skul.' This school was British before Independence. The U.K had less money than its French counterpart to spend on education so boarders here lived much as they had in their villages, washing in the river and doing much of the cooking. French schools were more lavish and students studied the official French curriculum that aimed to make them good citizens of France. The latter system had no impact on the northern half of South West Bay because it fell under British jurisdiction. Education and Christianity were often seen to be one and the same. Shells, weavings and feathers decorate the classroom making it a lively environment in which to study. 'Skul' (education) classroom interior. Initially the missionaries introduced the Bible as the main reading book first in the local language and then in English and French. And, the missionaries decided there was also a need to write what one read in one's own language so writing was taught. The beginning of English education was set up by the Presbyterian Mission. Kirk Huffman (Honorary Curator Vanuatu Cultural Centre) has written that from the 1840's, western styles of education were introduced and run by Christian missionaries. However, it wasn't until 1959-60 that the colonial government of the New Hebrides began to develop secular education initiatives for local inhabitants. "Modern education must be balanced with custom knowledge or a child will grow without wisdom, respect or an identity."
UC San Diego Library, UC San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093-0175 (
No linguistic content; Not applicable
Interior decoration
South West Bay (Malakula, Vanuatu)
Wintua (Malekula, Vanuatu)
Pacific Islands
Wintua Elementary School
South West Bay (Malakula, Vanuatu)
Wintua (Malekula, Vanuatu)
Pacific Islands

About the collections in Calisphere

Learn more about the collections in Calisphere. View our statement on digital primary resources.

Copyright, permissions, and use

If you're wondering about permissions and what you can do with this item, a good starting point is the "rights information" on this page. See our terms of use for more tips.

Share your story

Has Calisphere helped you advance your research, complete a project, or find something meaningful? We'd love to hear about it; please send us a message.

Explore related content on Calisphere: