A. Case Study Overview
- 1. Activity/ Project Title:
- Mimamoru program
- 2. Themes:
- 3. Summary:
Local residents (called “mimamoru”) accompany children as they walk to and from school, in order to heighten their safety. The activity itself is implemented by the residents on a volunteer basis.
- 4. Sector:
- Others ： Voluntary group
- 5. Implementation Period:
Since 2003 –
- 6. Project Site :
- The Kawawa district of Tsuzuki Ward
- 7. Stakeholders＆Partners:
- The neighborhood association and residents’ association in the Kawawa district
- 8. Objectives:
- One or two adults (mainly aged persons) accompany elementary school students as they walk to and from school, in order to ensure their safety.
- 9. /Activities:
The program heightens safety for students by having local residents accompany them on the way to and from school.
The students who are escorted by Mimamoru volunteers can go to school with peace of mind, through the following procedure: 1) assembly at a park or other place when the time for going to school approaches, 2) start of the walk to school after exchanging greetings with the Mimamoru volunteers, 3) guidance on the way to school by the Mimamoru volunteers, one at the head of the line, and one at the tail of the line. When returning from school, the Mimamoru volunteers wait for the students near the school gate. Once all the students have assembled there, they accompany them on the way back home.
There is plenty of warm interaction between the volunteers and the students. Many of the volunteers are aged, and have fun talking with the students about day-to-day happenings at school, school lunches, etc. And for the students, the program is like going to and from school while talking with their grandparents.
Although members of the PTA stand at crosswalks with flags to ensure the safety of students when crossing the street, there was thought to be a need to better watch over students as they walked along the narrow sidewalk to the school. This led to the start of the Mimamoru program more than 15 years ago.
D. Challenges and solutions:
- 10. Challenges and solutions:
There are not enough volunteers for the number of students attending elementary school.
E. Outcomes and Impacts:
- 11. Outcomes＆Impacts:
Since the start of the Mimamoru program, students have not been caught up in any major traffic accidents on the way to or from school.
- 12. Budget:
- 13. Source: