American civil rights activist Jacqueline Jackson will be visiting Palau on July 7 to 12 to help in the drafting of the curriculum that will integrate Palauan conservation philosophy and cultural preservation practice into the primary school’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) course.
Jackson, whose expertise revolves around international educational systems and pedagogy, among others, is scheduled to meet with relevant officials from the Ministry of Education (MOE) for a workshop on curriculum development.
Press Secretary Olkeriil Kazuo told the media during a press conference on Wednesday that Jackson and First Lady Debbie Remengesau’s meeting during the Crans Montana Forum in Morocco last year led to the agreed upcoming visitation of Jackson to Palau.
An information furnished to the media by the Presidential office revealed that the MOE and the Palau Pledge team are developing a new STEM curriculum for the ninth grade students and they aim to make similar initiatives for other grade levels.
Apart from participating in the workshop, Jackson will also be toured around Palau to give her a better understanding of the country’s “unique biodiversity, culture of conservation, and the urgent environmental and cultural issues” it is facing. (By Rhealyn C. Pojas)