This past Sunday, Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) hosted new teachers from Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Elementary School and Palau Mission Academy (PMA). For the third consecutive year, the new teachers from these schools were able to learn about the educational activities PICRC offers and tour the Palau Aquarium. The principal and vice principal of the two schools, Palau host families and sponsors were also present to hear about PICRC’s education programs.


Aside from conducting research, PICRC strives to raise awareness on Palau’s marine environment to students and the community. Every year, PICRC staff work with schools to involve their students in the Center’s work.  One of the main, educational activities at PICRC is the Arts and Tides Calendar contest. This contest has taken place annually since the Center opened in 2001 and every year it continues to recognize new conservation themes. Additionally, PICRC continues to hosts interns and volunteers to gain career guidance from the Centers professionals. Aquarium tours, tours of the research facilities and school visits also provide students with the opportunity to learn about marine ecosystems and marine conservation. PICRC wants to ensure schools and teachers are aware of these programs so PICRC’s facilities and aquarium are fully utilized by the community.

“The aquarium and our facilities remain valuable educational tools and we encourage teachers to really take advantage of what we have to offer,” PICRC CEO, Dr. Yimnang Golbuu shared with the new teachers on Sunday. PICRC continuously works to raise awareness in the youth. Conserving marine resources is important, especially for an island that has always relied on fish as a main food source. PICRC encourages teachers to include conservation in their curriculum and to use the aquarium as an extension of their classrooms.

If any teachers are interested in PICRC’s education programs please contact Ines Kintoki at 488-6950 or email at for more information. [/restrict]