We have had a variety of activities to have the students learn ldquo;international understanding educationrdquo; and ldquo;environmental educationrdquo; since 2010, when our school was certified as a member of UNESCO associated schools. Wersquo;ll introduce some of the activities here.
Firstly, we had taken part in the program ldquo;schools and ESD project for everyonerdquo;, which was commissioned project by MEXT. We had two lectures as a member of it in that year. We invited Prof. Kisigami, a staff of the national museum ethnology, to have a lecture titled ldquo;a convivial societyrdquo; in November and teachers from Korea to have a lecture titled ldquo;the world heritages protectionrdquo; in January.
Secondly, we had a meeting to learn ldquo;cooking Turkey foodrdquo; with being helped by the second UNESCO school ESD assist project. At the same time, some of us participated in ACCU invitation program for international educational exchange of teachers and others joined ldquo;10th AEC-NET programrdquo; in Ireland.
The Asia-Europe Classroom (AEC) is a programme under the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), which has a unique structure that connects secondary or high schools in Asia and Europe. Through its activities, the AEC provides opportunities for collaborative learning and intercultural exchanges. It is a cyber-classroom shared by students and teachers to build stronger bi-regional networks and partnerships in the course of implementing common online projects and participating in face-to-face exchanges.
We have accepted several students from various kinds of parts of the world since 2005. Students from abroad can study the same subjects that the Japanese students do. And we serve them individual Japanese language lessons according to their proficiency. Not only students from abroad but also we can learn various kinds of things.
We have a variety of activities to have the students learn foreign cultures. For example, we, second graders, go on a school trip to Canada and take a lecture about first nations in Vancouver Isle land University.
Lecture by Prof. Kishigami from National Museum of Ethnology on 10th November 2010.
Lecture by Counselor Takaba of the Embassy of Afghanistan in 2011
Teachers learn about ESD through assemblies such as participating AEC-Net meeting and UNESCO sessions.
We participate in The Eco Cap Movement. It is the movement that collecting bottle caps to fund vaccines for children in developing world. Every 800 bottle caps pays for one vaccine. Wersquo;ve collected 99.600 bottle caps since 2010. It means that we send vaccines to 124.5 children in developing countries. In order to collect as many bottle caps as possible, all classrooms have boxes to put bottle cap in. And we ask visitors to our school festivals to cooperate on The Eco Cap Movement.