On January 12, a soft opening was held for the newly constructed Ebiil Natural Science Center, which will serve as a training facility run by the Ebiil Society.

Executive Director of Ebiil Society Ann Singeo said the center will “ be used to teach young people and children of the nature and its protection and management.”


She said the young people will out to the field for experiential learning return to center to do further research and in depth study on the subject.

The center she added, “has the tools that teaches how to use current technology to better

According to an earlier statement from the Japan Embassy in Palau, the Project for Construction of Training Center for Ebiil Society”, valued $90,000 was funded under the Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).

It said, that the Society based in Ngarchelong, Ebiil Society has been actively working on community based education programs and trainings with both youth and adults. Having community volunteers and partners involved, the activity of the organization varies from marine programs to terrestrial projects. However, its activities have been limited due to lack of its own office and training center.

The facility will also be open to public, especially to students in Ngarchelong, to provide a sufficient studying environment and access to materials related with environment after school.

The Government of Japan launched GGP in 1999, for the purpose of responding to various development needs engaged in grassroots activities in Palau. As of February 16, 2016, the Embassy has signed 60 grant contracts with schools and hospitals as well as state governments and non-profit organizations. Education, health care and environment are the primary fields prioritized by Japan and its GGP.   [/restrict]