High School Students Exchange between Japan and Canada
On 4 January 2013, the first group of 52 high school students and teachers from Montreal and Winnipeg, Canada arrived in Japan in the framework of the youth exchange project between the two countries.
The youth exchange project, named “Kizuna (Bonds of Solidarity) Project”, is an extrabudgetary project financed by the Japanese Government and coordinated by UNESCO. This project aims to promote understanding of recovery of Japan in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011 and strengthen solidarity among young generations of the two countries. It consists of exchange visits between Canadian and Japanese high school students aged between 15 and 18. These countries have experienced severe natural and related environmental disasters and have strong interest in building sustainable societies by actively involving youth. The youth exchange project will provide participants with an ample opportunity to deepen their understanding on the impacts of climate change, the consequences of the natural and related environmental disasters as well as to enhance their capacity for reducing vulnerability from disasters and effective post-disaster recovery.
The National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan (NFUAJ) and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCU) are officially designated implementing partners of this 1.7 million valued project in both countries. Through their vast links and networks, students will get the opportunity to learn about UNESCO related projects and activities in both countries such as education for sustainable development (ESD), world heritage protection, intercultural dialogue, youth participation in society so as to build up mutual understanding and solidarity.