Schooling in Palau is compulsory and free of charge from
6 to 14 years of age. Almost all children attend primary
school, and literacy among the adult population is as high
as close to 98%, with a slight difference between women and
men. About 17% of primary school children attend private
schools, as well as just over 40% of secondary school
The level of education is high in Palau. By 1990, 58% of
the population (25 years and older) had completed secondary
education; 1/3 of them also had higher education. Two-year
higher vocational education is available at the vocational
school in Koror.
Knowledge and culture
It is compulsory and free schooling for children aged
6-14. Both private and public secondary schools exist. Some
subjects can be studied at Palau Community College; other
studies are conducted abroad.
There is 1 monthly newsletter published by the government
and 3 independent newspapers: 1 is published twice a week, 1
weekly and 1 every other week. There are 6 radio stations
and cable TV.
A Palauian form of folk music is influenced by American
country music. Traditional dances are performed by village
The most well-developed literary genre is poetry in
Palauian and English.
Woodcuts are common, including storyboards. Decorated bai
house headboards (at meeting houses) are characteristic of
Palau. Graphic art is well developed.
Basketball and football are popular sports.