Children
 Japan
Project #13568

School of Fun for Children in Fukushima

by Academy Camp
Vetted
University Student Volunteers at Training
University Student Volunteers at Training

Please find a Japanese version of this report here.

We will hold our first series of camps at SFC (Shonan Fujisawa Campus), Keio University, in Fujisawa City this summer, from where many student volunteers for our camps have come, and at which two of our directors work. The first term will be held through Aug.5-9, and the second term through Aug.18-22.

We have named the two camps "Study in the Future". But the future is what children will make. So what we hope is that those children from Fukushima will realize it through experiencing the challenges of researchers on the cutting edge as real attempts to make the future and knowing that they can be part of these challenges.

We hope that the children will feel the future in the making through many aspects of the camps. We will stay at a lodging facility that is part of SBC (Student-Built Camps) at SFC - university students have built the building, and they will continue to build a researchers town around the facility by themselves, with help of digital fabrication technology. We will hold many workshops in the themes of robotics, artificial intelligence, the Internet of things, and how they can change the world with these, as well as art and physical activities such as improvisation theatre and zumba dance workout. Also, we will go to Enoshima Island to have fun with an outdoor augmented reality game.

We are working hard in preparation of the camps where children will prepare for making the future by themselves.

THANK YOU FOR FUNDRAISING

We thank all contributions to fundraiser "The Mt. Fuji Challenge" - a climbing team of managers of a company is hiking up Mt. Fuji for raising funds for our cause. We appreciate the efforts very much.

In fact, as of writing this report, they are at Mt. Fuji right now, and we can see the mountain from SFC and our camp headquarters that is also located in Fujisawa City. We wish them the best.

The funds will be used for the summer camps "Study in the Future". The future is what we together will make.

Where We Will Stay - SBC (Student-Built Campus)
Where We Will Stay - SBC (Student-Built Campus)
One of Our Past Experiences with Drones and Robots
One of Our Past Experiences with Drones and Robots

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Feeling sounds under simulated deafness
Feeling sounds under simulated deafness

Please find a Japanese version of this report here.

We had our first "Inclusive Camp" on March 12 and 13 in Aizu, Fukushima Prefecture, in which we tried to "do science on can't see and can't hear". The camp was targeted for students of the upper grades of elementary school, junior-high and high school in Fukushima, and visually and hearing impaired people in Kanto and other areas. Mr. Hatsuse, a blind judo master who made it to the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games, also joined the camp, affectionately known as "Hacchan" to the children and our staff members.

"Barrier-Freedom of Mind" was the theme of this camp, in which we named ourselves with "sign names", explored the venue blindfolded and made maps of the venue to communicate with visually impaired people, played a piece of rhythm music wearing ONTENNA, a device that lets you feel sounds through your hair, and created new "super human sports" together that anyone can enjoy regardless of physical conditions. Through these activities, we thought about construction of an "inclusive" environment where anyone can pursue joy and happiness without discriminations.

A high school student who participated in this camp wrote "Now that I've experienced, I think I understand how disabled people feel." From an administrative point of view, we have learned a lot from this camp having watched children and disabled people quickly get warmed up to each other. We will continue to pursue the theme.

CAMPAIGN CONTINUES - IN MEMORY OF THE FIVE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE DISASTER

We are with pains and sorrows of those people in the affected areas of the recent series of earthquakes in Kyushu island, Japan. While the earthquakes still continue to happen, efforts go on for them to take back their ordinary lives, and we do what we can ourselves. Meanwhile, Tohoku still needs your support.

GlobalGiving UK is holding "Japan Match Campaign" for projects for Tohoku with 50% match for your donations up to £600 GBP per donor per project. There still is more than £7,000 GBP left in the matching funds.

The campaign started on March 11, and is continuing until the end of May or when matching funds run out. This is a great opportunity, serving as a memorial to the five-year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster, whose effects are still ongoing while we continue long-term recovery efforts. Please consider giving, and support children in Fukushima and Academy Camp to go beyond just recovery, and to build more hopeful future for the next generations.

 

Having fun with the blind judo master
Having fun with the blind judo master
Naming ourselves with sign language
Naming ourselves with sign language
Exploring the venue under simulated blindness
Exploring the venue under simulated blindness
Trying to create a new sport anyone can enjoy
Trying to create a new sport anyone can enjoy
A safeguarded extreme sport
A safeguarded extreme sport

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From 2015 summer camp
From 2015 summer camp

Please find a Japanese version of this report here.

It has been five years since the Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and the nuclear disaster in Fukushima. We have taken this opportunity to look back the five years of Academy Camp.

Attached to this report are photographs from summer camps in each year since 2011. As we browsed through the collection of photographs, we noticed a familiar face of a boy who attended one of our first camps in 2011, who has already graduated from a high school, and is learning Computer Graphics in Tokyo. He has been participating in our recent camps, including "Inclusive Camp" to be held on March 12 and 13 this year, as a volunteer staff member to support children in Fukushima.

When we started our camps in 2011, we had a dream. We dreamed that someday, some of the children who have participated in our camps will come back as staff members, and we will make camps together. We realized that this dream has already come true.

In a way, this is just a beginning. We have a lot more to achieve, in order to continue to privide the children with diversity of experiences and lots of fun, and to give them power to change the world. We need your help, because we are all in this together.

TIME TO GIVE - IN MEMORY OF THE FIVE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE DISASTER

GlobalGiving US and UK will hold "Japan Match Campaign" with 50% match for your donations up to $1,000 USD/£600 GBP per donor per project until matching funds run out. There will be $15,000 USD in matching funds from GlobalGiving US and £10,000 GBP from GlobalGiving UK.

The campaign starts when March 11 begins in Japan (March 10, 2015 15:00GMT and 10:00 EST). This is a great opportunity, serving as a memorial to the five-year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster, whose effects are still ongoing while we continue long-term recovery efforts. Please consider giving, and support children in Fukushima and Academy Camp to go beyond just recovery, to build more hopeful future for the next generations.

From 2011 summer camp
From 2011 summer camp
From 2012 summer camp
From 2012 summer camp
From 2013 summer camp
From 2013 summer camp
From 2014 summer camp
From 2014 summer camp

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Eyes closed from 2014 Summer
Eyes closed from 2014 Summer

Please find a Japanese version of this report here.

We are now preparing for our first camp in 2016 called "Inclusive Camp - doing science on <<can't see>> and <<can't hear>>" to be held on March 12 and 13 in Aizu, Fukushima Prefecture. The camp is for about 20 children in Fukushima, targeted for junior-high and high school students, but will include some elementary school students. The camp is also for visually or hearing impaired persons, so that we together will explore how we can achieve an environment where people with different conditions can pursue joy and happiness.

The workshops in the camp will be hosted by a sign-language-native university student, a developer of a hearing-aid device ONTENNA (sound antenna), and a researcher at Superhuman Sports Society. A blind judo expert from 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games will appear as a special guest. We will explore how we can communicate, assisted with a state-of-the-art technology, and create a new sport truly everyone can enjoy.

This is our first "Inclusive Camp", but certainly not our first trial towards understanding disabilities. Photos attached to this report are from our past camps, all of which are about simulating visual disabilities for deeper understanding of inter-human communication.

IN MEMORY OF THE FIVE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE DISASTER

GlobalGiving US and UK will hold "Japan Match Campaign" with 50% match for your donations, starting when March 11 begins in Japan (March 10, 2015 15:00GMT and 10:00 EST). This is a great opportunity, serving as a memorial to the five-year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster, whose effects are still ongoing while we continue long-term recovery efforts. Please consider giving, and support children in Fukushima and Academy Camp to go beyond just recovery, to build more hopeful future for the next generations.

Reaching out from 2015 Summer
Reaching out from 2015 Summer
Blindfolded from 2015 Summer
Blindfolded from 2015 Summer
Helped by friends from 2015 Aizu
Helped by friends from 2015 Aizu
Ready to go forward from 2015 Aizu
Ready to go forward from 2015 Aizu

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Reading the book "You Are Really Wonderful"
Reading the book "You Are Really Wonderful"

Please find a Japanese version of this report here.

Thank you always for supporting children in Fukushima and Academy Camp. In this report, we will look back our achievements in the year 2015, and look ahead our activities for the coming year.

In March, we had a camp in Aizu, where children experienced traditional regional crafts. We had two summer camps in August near Lake Inawashiro: the term 1 was for elementary school students, which was named "Wings for the Future", and the term 2 was for junior high and high school students to open up their "Doors to the World". Throughout the year, we practiced paddling dragon boats in Lake Inawashiro with some workshops in food education, and participated in races.

With all these achievements, Fukushima Dragon Boat Academy (FDBA) is now a separate entity from Academy Camp since November 1, as a regional children's sport club in Fukushima with opportunities for scientific thinking and practicing of physical exercises. We are not halving, but doubling with two organizations the impact of our activities towards healthy growth of children in Fukushima.

Next year, in collaboration with FDBA and other organizations and activities, we will continue to provide the children with opportunities to extend their knowledge and experiences. Please take part in our activities. We are all in this together.

 

RECURRING DONATIONS MATCH CAMPAIGN IS ONGOING

December is a good season for charity. This year, GlobalGiving is matching 100% for the first iterations of new recurring donations up to $200 per donor per project, if the recurring donations continue for at least four months. This is a great opportunity for all of us, extending the impact of the support for our project. Please consider supporting children in Fukushima and Academy Camp for monthly basis. If not, all the same. We would really appreciate every donation, whether recurring or not.

Running in a game
Running in a game
Friendship in action
Friendship in action
Stretch our goal!
Stretch our goal!

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Academy Camp

Location: Fujisawa, Kanagawa - Japan
Website: http:/​/​academy-camp.org
Project Leader:
Kenji Saito
Fujisawa, Kanagawa Japan

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