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FY2015 United Nations’ Propagation and Enlightenment Symposium “Kyo – Gaku – Kei” Overcoming Differences: what skills are required to succeed in developing nations?


©Tokyo Prefectural Chapter of the United Nations Association of Japan

©Tokyo Prefectural Chapter of
the United Nations Association of Japan

Among young people and through to the senior generation, interest is increasing in international cooperation and volunteering overseas. Indeed, more and more people are also actually participating in volunteer activities undertaken in developing nations. At the United Nations’ Propagation and Enlightenment Symposium to be held by the Tokyo Prefectural Chapter of the United Nations Association of Japan at Tokyo Women’s Plaza in Aoyama on January 30 (Saturday), people who wish to become active on the frontlines of international cooperation and volunteering overseas will be given an opportunity to learn what skills are required to succeed when volunteering in developing nations.

In the symposium's first session, Ms. Akiko Itoh, a JICA senior overseas volunteer who has been active in supporting education activities in Cambodia, will be joined as a panelist by Waka Miyashita of the NPO Mura no Mirai, an organization involved in community development and also the nurturing of human resources in India and Nepal. Along with members of the public, the panelists will consider how to best develop an ability to communicate and as sense of likeability. With respect to such character traits that have proven to be invaluable, the panelists shall also consider how they are best employed in order to develop solid working relationships with local populations in developing nations.

In the symposium’s second session, a French film entitled, “La Cour de Babel” (“The School of Babel”) shall be shown. This documentary follows a multicultural class in a Parisian junior high school over the course of one year, it is a class comprised completely of recently-arrived immigrants. Set against the contemporary situation of terror attacks having occured in Paris, it is a time in which each and everyone of us is challenged as to whether we accept multiculturalism or not, and whether we shall choose to proceed along a path of coexistence. Hope for the future can be witnessed in that some 24 children of 20 different nationalities come together in friendship while overcoming their religious and national differences.
We would be truly grateful if everybody could take this opportunity and come along, from those who have just recently become interested in the topics of international cooperation and volunteering overseas, through to individuals who have learnt a range of different things but want to know more!

Finally, it should be noted that the symposium's proceedings shall be conducted in Japanese.

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Scenes from “La Cour de Babel” (The School of Babel)
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FY2015 United Nations’ Propagation and Enlightenment Symposium
“Kyo - Gaku - Kei” Overcoming Differences: what skills are required to succeed in developing nations?

■Date/Time: January 30, 2016 (Saturday) (13:00-16:30)
■Venue: Tokyo Women’s Plaza
■Entry is free of charge
※Please refer to the following website for more information:
http://www.tokyo-icc.jp/kokuren/symposium.html