【YOKE】“Let’s Ask Yokohama International Organizations Center!” — What Can Yokohama Children Can Do for World Peace? — Delivery Lecture Implementation Program

A. Case Study Overview

1. Activity/ Project Title:
“Let’s Ask Yokohama International Organizations Center!” — What Can Yokohama Children Can Do for World Peace? — Delivery Lecture Implementation Program
2. Themes:
SDGs
3. Summary:  

Based on the Yokohama Children’s SDGs Program independently developed by the Yokohama Association for International Communication and Exchanges (YOKE), the program will teach elementary school students about global-scale issues, the role of the Yokohama International Organizations Center, and the contributions that the international city of Yokohama has made to the world.

4. Sector:
Organization : Yokohama Association for International Communication and Exchanges (YOKE), a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation
5. Implementation Period:

October 2020–March 2021

6. Project Site :
Elementary Schools in Yokohama City
7. Stakeholders&Partners:
・Project commissioned by the City of Yokohama International Affairs Bureau
(Learning program for children: Promoting citizens’ understanding of international peace)
・Citynet Yokohama Project Office

B. Objective:

8. Objectives:
Development of global citizens
Encouraging children to think about what they can do for international peace and act accordingly

C. Activities

9. /Activities:

<October–December Activities>

Children learned about the concept of the Children’s SDGs, global issues, and the Yokohama International Organizations Center through original animated learning materials, the Children’s SDGs Guidebook, and game activities. The project was conducted from October to early December at eight elementary schools that requested it.

 

<Support for special visit activities in November>

  • A 4th grade teacher at Kamishirane Elementary School (practicing learning about community disaster prevention), who learned about the International Organizations Center through the above visit, requested YOKE to dispatch Citynet Yokohama Project Office (CYO) staff. CYO accepted the offer, leading to a special course being held.
  • As the CYO staff explained overseas disaster prevention efforts in a way that was easy to understand from a child’s perspective, the course also included hands-on activities such as how to make a stretcher out of blankets to carry the injured and how to make plates out of newspaper. This captured the interest of the children and made the lecture more substantial. It was very well received by the school.
  • It was a great accomplishment for YOKE to be able to connect one of the institutions of the International Organizations Center with the school’s learning. Most importantly, the two staff members, who took very good care of the children, were wonderful. We believe that this is one indication of their sincere attitude toward their daily work.


Delivery lecture for 5th graders at Yokohama Municipal Mitakedai Elementary School

D. Challenges and solutions:

10. Challenges and solutions:

Further improve teaching materials and develop a lecture delivery system

Deliver the lectures at more schools

E. Outcomes and Impacts:

11. Outcomes&Impacts:

<Publication of Original Study Booklet>

A guidebook on the SDGs from a child’s perspective. How can children see, think, and act on issues from an SDGs perspective? The booklet shows how to communicate this and other information in a simple way.

 

<Original Video Study Materials>

Original materials in an animated video format. They are structured so that the children can enjoy learning about the concept of the SDGs, Yokohama’s efforts for world peace, global issues, and the Yokohama International Organizations Center. The plot is that the protagonist learns various things from the YOKE mascot character at the Yokohama International Organizations Center. The running time is about 40 minutes.

F. Budget:

12. Budget:

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