On a recent trip to Vanuatu I visited a small primary school on the island on Tanna. The kids I met were bursting with life and passion to learn. School bags hung in the playground’s banyan tree, students played on a real ‘jungle gym’, the sound of the ocean washed through open-air classrooms and fresh water spouted from AusAID provided tanks and wells. Passionate teachers taught from tatty NZ Aid provided materials, to students that could already speak three languages and could have answered any times-table related questions I’d have asked – if I thought important. Compared to the air-conditioned, SUV driven, allergy inflicted, attention challenged, NAPLAN tested primary school kids of Australia I reckon Vanuatu deserves its world’s happiest title!