SASAKAWA PEACE FOUNDATION

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PACIFIC ISLAND NATIONS FUND
Tokyo, Japan

PRESS RELEASE April 1998

The Board of Trustees of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and the Board of Committees of the Pacific Island Nations Fund has approved the following six projects for FY1998 (April 1998 - March 1999):

1. "Inviting Media Personnel from the Pacific Island Region to Japan"

The Sasakawa Peace Foundation Yen 12,000,000

This project enables media personnel from Pacific Island nations to visit their Japanese counterparts and deepen their knowledge of Japan.

2. "Coconuts College"

The Sasakawa Peace Foundation Yen 5,000,000

To promote understanding of the Pacific island nations within Japan, Coconuts College offers a program of virtual classes transmitted on-line via the Internet to the interested Japanese public, while providing a platform for opinion and information exchange in both directions. It will also conduct open lectures in Japan. Through these activities, the College will pursue its primary mission of sharing the limited information available on the Pacific island nations with people in Japan.

3. "Teaching the Pacific Forum"

The University of New South Wales US$93,300.00

The purpose of TTPF is to foster co-operative curriculum resource production, teaching and professional development for secondary school teachers (years 9-12) of history/social science in 14 countries (Belau (Palau), Chuuk (FSM), Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Fiji, Kiribati, Kosrae (FSM), Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Pohnpei (FSM), Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Yap (FSM), with six observer entities (American Samoa, Guam, Northern

Marianas, New Caledonia, Tokelauans and Torres Strait Islanders) being invited to all activities.

4. "Pilot Archaeological Training Program in Pacific Islands"

Bishop Museum US$65,000.00

This project will train Pacific islanders as site recorders in order to compile site inventories for their respective islands. Then, they will watch over site developments to protect sites or recommend survey by professional archaeologists before the destruction of sites. It will teach Pacific islanders to take care of their own cultural heritage, how to identify archaeological sites, and how to map and record them in order to establish inventories. Islanders will also learn archaeological excavation methods and restoration techniques for archaeological structures. The training grounds are on Huahine Island in French Polynesia, Pohnpei and Chuuk in Micronesia, Vanuatu in Melanesia.

5. "Enhancing the Quality of Nursing Education Through Distance Education in the Western Pacific"

University of Guam US$60,000.00

The goal of this project is to enhance the overall quality of distance education programs throughout the western Pacific and to insure wider and/or more effective utilization of existing nursing education resources.

6. "Training Program for Distance Education and Learning Technologies and Applications in the Pacific Islands"

University of Hawaii US$60,000.00

The overall goal of this project is provide educators and other public service professionals with a basic knowledge of the use of telecommunications and information technology in distance education and learning applications in both the North and South Pacific. The project goal is to ensure that educators and educational administrators become knowledgeable so that they are able to develop appropriate policies, plans, and technology systems in their locale.

For more information, please contact: Rieko Hayakawa(Ms.), Program Officer The Sasakawa Pacific Island Nations Fund Address: 3-12-12 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo Japan 108 Tel. 81-3-3769-6359 Fax. 81-3-3769-2090 E-Mail: hayakawa@spf.or.jp URL: http://www.spf.org/ http://yashinomi.to/

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