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HONOLULU (July 1, 1997 - PIDP/CPIS) ---The Hawaii-based regional educational organization PREL --Pacific Resources for Education and Learning-- will hold its fourteenth annual conference in the Republic of the Marshall Islands next month.

This year's meeting has the theme, "Pacific Educators: Shaping the Future." The focus of the conference, scheduled for August 5 - 7, will be on stamping out illiteracy throughout the Pacific Islands region.

Last year's PREL conference took place in Pohnpei, with over 1,300 Pacific educators in attendance. A similar number of participants is expected this year.

Sponsors of the August meeting include the RMI Ministry of Education, the College of the Marshal Islands, and the Majuro Atoll Government.

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