This is a transcript of Jonathan Guyant's statement at the grand final of the Melanesian School Debate competition, staged last week in Port Vila. Jonathan was the first speaker of the Vanuatu team arguing against the motion that Melanesia must globalise to succeed. He was awarded Best Speaker for the debate final.
After a visit to an urban school in Japan, Giff Johnson asks whether a program that integrates gardening and nutrition in their education should be replicated across the Pacific. Observers have found the program improves academic results and emotional stability.