Ever since a big earthquake and tsunami hit northeast areas of Japan, opportunities to learn and play for tens of thousands of children have been significantly decreased. A field trip to local companies to learn how society/economy is mutually connected and meaning and diversity of work is one of them. In Ishinomaki, one of the most devastating coastal cities, too many companies were severely damaged by the tsunami, and still virtually no company can accept such a field trip for junior high students.
To provide opportunities to learn from diverse work/job, Project YUI sent 25 working people to a junior high school in Ishinomaki, to give a special class on career development. The 25 volunteers include flight attendant, food marketing planner, owner of flower shop, software engineer, car designer, dog trainer, professional soccer player, management consultant, and auto mechanics to share their professional experience and how they developed their career with over 180 students.
This special session has launched last year, with a request from a principal of one of junior high schools in Ishinomaki.
Students attended two sessions based on a speaker/job list shared in advance, and had a lecture and interactive discussion with a small group of 6-7 students.
The sessions were very well received by both students and teachers, and our project is expanding this type of support to other schools.
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