Islands Voice Youth Internet Forum
groups of about 30 students, aged 13-14 years, from Mindzenty
High School in Koror have been taking part in the Small
Islands Voice youth internet forum since it started in 2002.
With the help of Mr. Yalap Yalap of Palau Conservation Society
and Mr. Martin Carl, a teacher at Mindzenty High School, the students
discuss and write about the theme issues in their class time.
Those students who perform well at this activity, as well as getting
good grades at school, are selected to go to the internet café
in town and take part in the forum. Each student is allowed an
hour at the internet café each week.
One of the internet cafes in Koror, Palau, July 2002
Youth forum poster
time spent in preparation and groundwork obviously pays off, since
some of the students' contributions on the forum deal with a variety
of subjects in considerable depth. For example, in April 2004
there was a very detailed discussion on why foreign workers do
not pose a threat to Palau ('Get
da facts') and this was further complimented with views from
a foreign student studying and living in Palau ('Life
and love on our island'). These and other contributions can
be seen at www.sivyouth.org
with username view and password only.