July 15, 2008

Tobi School

Here are two messages about Tobi school that just came in. The first is from Huan Hosei who said:
"I am trying to keep up thesis proposal deadline and final submission date. My research project is on Tobi Elementary School ....now the status is hanging in the air ...what can be done about it .. is what am try to achieve...in other words ...retelling the story a research perspective. If you, Pete or folks out there have some ideas that can with the current school issue on tobi...feel free to share."

The other is from Mike Guilbeaux who said:
" I would like to see the project begin to focus on community education programs and the summer camp idea that we have all discussed."

So here is a good first topic for the FOTI FORUM. What's happening with the school and what should happen with it?

The summer camp idea Mike mentions is the notion that maybe there could be a summer program on Tobi for school kids, in which they spent half the day working on English and math skills and the other half working on island skills like gardening, thatching, and fishing. Maybe the story of what happens with that idea/proposal would make a good thesis topic.

Or maybe Tanya who is doing graduate work in education has an idea or two.
What do you think?

Pete (Yonghoihar)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Huan Hosei: June 21, 2002 4:00 PM
I personally don't really know that the attributing factors to the closing of Tobi school this school year 2001 - 2002. can anyone share some insights on this issue.

hhosei: June 23, 2002 4:00 PM
what can the state government do about?

TYPatris: June 23, 2002 4:00 PM
What do our people want to do about it?

hhosei: June 24, 2002 4:00 PM
In the meantime, there is no clear direction of where we are going to with the school. I want to find out more about.

hhosei: June 24, 2002 4:00 PM
background: the school was closed down due to problems/issues associated with the school teacher plus low student enrollement. am on a mission to see if there are workable recommendations in the near future re reopening the school. do you folks out there have any insights to share on this subject matter?

TYPatris: September 11, 2002 4:00 PM
Hi Huan, I heard that the Tobi school opened up?

Tekla: September 17, 2002 4:00 PM
hello to everyone.

Cila: September 17, 2002 4:00 PM
First, I don't know what to say about the Tobi school but I think the summer thing is good. As for what we should do, try and get the opinions of those that are in Koror, I mean the parents with school age kids. I know that this is a very tuff thing to do since some parents have this attitude that the outer island schooling is really behind on all subject. I know this because I was one of them. When we were down in Tobi (Mike, me and Anthony) I notice that some of the kids study were behind. Of course that was 11 years ago. Huan I don't know where I'm going with this but I sure wish I could help on the Tobi school. I know that the summer project can work if we put all our sources together.
I am not a teacher but I know that I can learn something of value from the island like thatch making, taro planting, coconut oil making something like that. As for teaching English and Math in the summer that is a very good idea. I have to be honest English is really giving me troubles in class, especially writing those long research papers... NOT GOOD!! So I say we open a summer class... :-) If you guys don't understand what I'm trying to say just kick me out of here... hehheee

TYP: October 2, 2002 4:00 PM
HI Cila, the school will need a school nurse when it gets started. That means you.

Cila: October 6, 2002 4:00 PM
Yeah, yeah, won't it be fun to just sit on the beach and read my book with the sun in my face tanning or should I say burning my face... hehhee... Swimming in that blue channel,., wowow.. I can't wait to return home for good. Not to mention eating fresh fish sashimi...

TYP: October 7, 2002 4:00 PM
HE HE.. and you can teach health and biology.

TYP: October 20, 2002 4:00 PM
Cila, you know what I was just thinking??? Why are you going to get tanned when you're already brown??? We're getting some fish soon. Fly down to Maryland for some 24 houred raw red snappers and some coconut souped parrotfish. Korean plastic bagged kimchees and Californian canned Tuna bought from Causeway Gas Station may be there too. You won't wanna miss this. Hope you got the picture... :)

Cila: October 21, 2002 4:00 PM
Yikes!! You are very mean... I shall wait for the day when I return home to have alot more than what your having... hehehhee...

TYP: October 25, 2002 4:00 PM
HI Huan, your findings on Tobi's school were interesting.

Cila, : October 25, 2002 4:00 PM
I'll probably get there first. You may want to start listing the goodies you want from Aunty Anghel's local store or AM/PM.

hhose: November 10, 2002 5:00 PM
Hi TYP, since you are in the same field re EDUCATION... i would encourage you to do a further study on my study as i recommended. it will be an even more interesting for a THIRD LOOK :). a possible topic for research project re in partial fulfillment of your M.ED requirements. check out also dave tibbetts MA thesis on Tobi. a possible SECOND LOOK :) for a research project.
wish you all the best in your studies..gotta get that M.ED.
take care,

Tekla: January 12, 2003 5:00 PM
I think the best thing to do is to find out some of the several reasons as to why the tobian people would rather establish a living in Koror rather than on the island of Tobi.
If I'm wrong, maybe because, they have more access to some of their everyday needs and employment. Dude, whatever happened to the CIP program? That could be one of the source of employment.
Oh and about school staff and such, I think that the school board committee or memebers should definitely do something about hiring a specific person to teach. Because I believe that the issue of who's gonna teach has a lot to do with the number of students enrolled in the school.
In my point of view, its simple. Find the problem and address it with the solution. Why don't you update us on some of the issues going on and we'll all try our best to give you our advices and you choose what's best.

Sharon: June 24, 2003 4:00 PM
eh...tek...don't you remember that meeting that all the parents had about the school and who was teaching...from what I heard no one could really do anything. Plus, what's in Tobi other than being an officer and being a nurse? Are there other jobs opened there? Sure there are....but maybe most people don't see it that way...like when i told tanya after a college degree i'll go to tobi and live there. and she was like, you need money! yeah..i do need money..but what, can't i just live on coconut crabs, coconut syrup, fish, taro and all the other good stuff? And maybe i can send up coconut syrup, crabs, and a big turtle to sell for money....Or maybe we can start our own aquaculture business with giant clams, black pearl oysters, sponge farms, and trochus????? People in Pohnpei, RMI, Chuuk, Yap, and Kosrae have started one...we take a look at those and start a tobian one..but i'm just rambling on and on....

hhose: August 18, 2003 4:00 PM
Hi Sharon, Prof. P W. Black, et al,
Sharon views are interesting as she alludes to money-making schemes. I suggest that FOTI sets up a new post-it forum on Helen Reef Resources Management Project (HRRMP). Our Helen Reef project is at its transitional period now where we (Tobians) should start thinking of sustainable financing means to support our marine resources management efforts. In short, keep in mind that we manage or conserve our marine resources today for our future generations. I believe we have stewardship obligations to ensure that our future generations enjoy the same kind of marine resources we enjoy and appreciate today.
I welcome any thoughts on sustainable revenue generating mechanisms that are viable whether on Hatohobei or Hotsarihie.

Ira bana werimihir,

Tek: September 13, 2003 4:00 PM
Yes, I strongly support Sharon's ideas. I agree that it could be a source of income for our state and also its people as well. How can we put our words into actions though? Do we have to really wait until we graduate from college to be able to act on these ideas? I hope our state representatives will help us out.
Huan, I was wondering is there anyone besides you and us here in the US that actually logs on to this web?
Anyway, still continue selling Sale-fish too and smoked fish as well. Oh and the syrup too. We could set up a small organization there in Tobi and have people work and sell it to the palau government or if we could, do outside trading. I know this will take a lot of effort and planning but think of the outcome though. It would be great for our state and our people as well.

Cila: December 10, 2003 5:00 PM
WOw! It has been awhile since I logged on to this site.
Reading all this comments really makes me excited. I don't know what to say about what Sharon was saying. Sounds like it's a very good idea. I have only one request before you start all that bussines stuff like black pearl and the other stuff, just promise me to take the advantage and disadvantage of all of them. Especially when your talking about the marine life because some marine life can out run the others, if you know what I mean and that can cause the equilibrium on the reef to fail. Like what Huan said we want the future generation to enjoy what we have now and I'll add maybe more. Lets not just think about the source of income or how are we going to earn money out of this and that. The island was found not by money but by someone you loved and cared for it, our ancestors left something for us and it is our turn to keep what they left in good shape. I have never heard of an island that is way out in the middle of nowhere but has taro patch and from what I gathered from Neira Christina and Neira Petua they were man made. Their stories go way back as to how they got the dirt from giant floating logs, maybe they were playing with me but I believe them. So if we want to make changes we should start from the root of change which are the taro patches because the last time I saw them they were out run by big trees.
You know giant clams does produce pearls, I know this because I have three clam pearls from Helen Reef. Mike found them in a giant clam when we were down there for 3 months. I did not believe him but we took it to a pearle dealer here and he said, its pearls alright. So, you see the island creatures will suprise you with something that you will hold dearly to heart then money. I know that we need money to run the island but we also need the island to stay pure and beautiful for the next generation to see, care for, and love it, the way we do. I'm just rummbling on about this but that is because

Anonymous: March 2, 2004 5:00 PM
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Anonymous: May 17, 2004 4:00 PM
Tobi, here we come!

Sharon: July 21, 2004 4:00 PM
It's called aquaculture for a reason. And of course, we will find a sustainable and eco-friendly means to get something done.

Alfred Dreckmann: November 17, 2006 10:38 PM
I stayed 8 weeks on Tobi Island in 1961. I slept in the community centre, which was also the scholl for six little Tobian. The teacher was Fabian.
How can I get in contact to the people of Tobi. I still have some Fotos from those days.

Webmaster: February 11, 2007 4:41 AM
Hello Alfred Dreckmann,
To get in touch with people, send your email address to FOTImail@gmail.com and we'll forward it along.

We would love to get in touch with you. And we'd love to see your photographs.

Tek: October 26, 2007 7:22 PM
Hello everyone. I've been away for quite sometime. Can someone please update me on the helen reef projects and such? I feel like I'm missing out a lot. Thanks

Tek: October 26, 2007 7:43 PM
Who is or are the present day teachers of tobi?

Julita and I were just reminiscing about the days when we were still in elementary...in tobi. Man...I'm sure we all had our days. I can't believe how much time has passed since we last played kaiseng pa in the meriri or kaiseng dori dori in the meretahi of the school. We had fun...lots of fun! I'm glad to say that I was one of Mike's students and he was a good teacher. We had fun!

hamiraraitar: November 29, 2007 9:08 PM
Very interesting,let me know when and how and I'll be there.