Taisho Koto

Taisho Koto

Taisho Koto

Language:

English, Japanese

Grade/Age:

Primary (5-11), Middle (12-14), Secondary (15-18)

Subject:

Language Arts, Social Studies

Global Goals:

3: Good Health and Well-Being; 17: Partnership for the Goals

Dates:

September 2023 – September 2024

Facilitator(s):

Motoko Hirota, Yoshie Naya

Project Description:

Power of the music! This project explores the harmonies from Taisho Koto, a traditional Japanese instrument, to open the way to the future.
As we collaborate with ‘Natural Disaster Youth Summit (NDYS), we welcome not only Taisho Koto, but also any other musical instruments.

‘Taisho koto’, musical instrument was invented in Japan. It has more than 100 years history since its release. This instrument was designed to be easily played so that people who are not experienced with playing musical instruments could learn. This project began so that many people around the world could learn and enjoy music.
More than Ten years have passed since we started Taisho Koto Project in 2009 in Canada. We have actively participated in the iEARN conferences for example, Taiwan and Argentina. And the Culture Night, too. Our project held the “Kotolympic 2016 in Niigata” in July 2016 and “Kotolympic 2018 in Niigata” in July 2018. Many iEARN teachers and students came to enjoy the events.
In 2024, we will host musical events by using Zoom in July or August.

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The Olympics & Paralympics in Action (TOPA) Project

The Olympics & Paralympics in Action (TOPA) Project

The Olympics & Paralympics in Action (TOPA) Project

Language:

English, French, Japanese

Grade/Age:

Primary (5-11), Middle (12-14), Secondary (15-18)

Subject:

Language Arts, World Language

Global Goals:

3: Good Health and Well-Being; 10: Reduced Inequalities; 16: Peace and Justice, Strong Institutions; 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Dates:

September 2022 – December 2024 

Facilitator(s):

Mayumi Takizawa

Project Description:

TOPA Project aims to foster friendship, the spirit of encouragement, and unity in diversity through learning about the Olympic & Paralympic Games, especially their values. Following the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games and 2022 Beijing Winter Games, join this project for the 2024 Paris Summer Games. The Olympics: July 26 – Aug 11, 2024. The Paralympics: Aug 28 – Sept 8, 2024. Participants learn about the Spirits and Values of the Olympics and Paralympics. They can also present works on well-being in Sports, Art, Music, or Sustainability. As in Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022, we will get together again before the opening of Paris 2024 to appreciate all student outcomes and presentations given live by middle/secondary school students. TOPA will potentially continue for the upcoming Games.

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Natural Disaster Youth Summit 2024

Natural Disaster Youth Summit 2024

Natural Disaster Youth Summit 2024

Language:

English, Japanese

Grade/Age:

Primary (5-11), Middle (12-14), Secondary (15-18)

Subject:

Social Studies, Science

Global Goals:

3: Good Health and Well-Being; 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities; 13: Action

Dates:

September 2023 – September 2024

Facilitator(s):

Kazuko Okamoto, Motoko Hirota, Pavle Tvaliashvili, Wizar Putri Mellaratna, Yoshie Naya

Project Description:

Theme: Climate Change and Disaster Reduction, Mitigation, and Reconstruction

This is a project in which children will learn the preciousness of human lives and how to reduce disaster impacts such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, wildfires, floods, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis, droughts and so on through the communication and collaboration with global friends.

NDYS was first organized in Hyogo in May 2004 and started from September 2004, commemorating 10th year of great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake, Japan in 1995. We learned the importance of human lives and preparedness for disasters.

In recent years, it has been pointed out that extreme abnormal weather caused by climate change may be linked to an increase in large-scale natural disasters. Natural disasters such as heavy rain and floods are increasing in many parts of the world, and they become major obstacles not only to people’s lives, but also sustainable development. To take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts is an urgent global issue.

Abnormal weather : Solve the problem by global collaboration and save our lives!

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Origami

Origami

Origami

Language:

English, Japanese

Grade/Age:

Primary (5-11), Middle (12-14), Secondary (15-18)

Subject:

Mathematics

Global Goals:

3: Good Health and Well-Being; 16: Peace and Justice, Strong Institutions

Dates:

April 2023 – March 2024

Facilitator(s):

Ayana Tanaka 

Project Description:

This is a project that provides children entertainment as they see the transformation of a sheet of paper to a three-dimensional object. It does not take much space, much money, or much time. It only requires a sheet of paper and the instructions on how to fold origami. The project also contributes to others and the planet. Through folding origami, children can learn a new way of playing with paper that fosters ingenuity, originality, imagination, patience, and concentrated power. They also learn concentration and patience and can make small gifts to please others. They learn how to fold an origami crane, a symbol of world peace.

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Machinto – Hiroshima/Nagasaki for Peace

Machinto – Hiroshima/Nagasaki for Peace

Machinto – Hiroshima/Nagasaki for Peace

Language:

English, Japanese, Spanish

Grade/Age:

Primary (5-11), Middle (12-14), Secondary (15-18)

Subject:

Social Studies

Global Goals:

11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, 16: Peace and Justice, Strong Institutions

Dates:

August 2023 – July 2024

Facilitator(s):

Enid Figueroa, Eriko Katsumata, Kristin Brown, Tomoko Kurita, Yoko Takagi

Project Description:

Based on reading picture books such as Machinto and ‘My Hiroshima’, and listening to the real voices of Survivors, participants will learn about where the dropping of nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki brought us to today. Students share their messages and activities for peace with other students in the world, so that people never forget Hiroshima and Nagasaki and never repeat this evil tragedy in the future.

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