The Pacific area has some very challenging features, not least of which is the widely dispersed population and the vast distances or ocean between islands. That doesn’t stop us, down here at the “bottom of the world”, from finding some excellent methods for overcoming obstacles as a BBC News report explains.
The catchment area for the University of the South Pacific stretches across 33 million square kilometres of ocean and five time zones. However, thanks to lessons delivered via satellite, a student sitting in a classroom in the Marshall Islands, a group of atolls and reefs, can easily listen to a geography lecture taking place 3,000 km away at USPNet headquarters in Suva.
The university aims to deliver all courses in this way by 2020. But there are problems — some 700 out of the 900 villages in the Fiji Islands — one of the region’s more developed states — still lack a basic telephone service.