After more than five weeks in Palau, we now have to say goodbye. What a ride! In the beginning the limited Internet connectivity made it seem that putting an online platform out for people share their culture on could be difficult to achieve. Today, we look with confidence at the state of Palauan intangible cultural heritage, its preservation efforts, and the prospects for Island Ark Project.
We have now established a working relationship with the leadership and instructors at Palau Community College. PCC President Dr. Tellei had the idea that our project can help the college to inquire into the possibility an online version of the Palauan Studies program that has recently been introduced. We will work with Dean Robert Ramarui and Elicita ‘Cita’ Morei, instructor of Palauan culture to pool our resources. This is particularly true when it comes to getting the word out about our platform and a possible online version of PCC’s academic program. The collaboration with Dr. Tellei, Dean Ramarui and Mrs. Morei works incredibly well and we are confident to make this a lasting partnership.
We realized that our project is very much sought for among the Palauan educational and cultural preservation community. We received much positive feedback and honest concerns. We will continue this journey to create a working platform even if that means to put years of work into it and we embrace the fact that it won’t be a sprint, but instead, a marathon that we need to accomplish.
Palau is a very nice place to conduct a feasibility study such as the one we conducted. We can be happy and are grateful to our sponsors to allow us to explore the feasibility of Island Ark Project here. The people of Palau have welcomed us with much warmth and openness, that is what we are most grateful for.
Island Ark Team
We write this blog as a team to showcase our activities around the globe, from meetings at UNESCO in Paris to on-island research and implementation work. We hope you enjoy reading about our journey.