25.11.2010 - ODG

Director-General visits a UNESCO Associated School in Tokyo

© UNESCO/Cynthia Guttman - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova flanked by Shibuya Senior and Junior High School Principal Tetsuo Tamura (right) and vice-Principal (left), prior to the lecture she gave the students of this UNESCO Associated School on 25 November 2010, during her first official visit to Japan.

Addressing several hundred students at the Shibuya Senior and Junior High School in Tokyo on 25 November 2010, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova stated that “more than ever before, the world needs to be guided by the values and principles of respect, mutual understanding between peoples, empathy and solidarity.”

The Director-General was welcomed by the principal of this UNESCO Associated School, Mr Tetsuo Tamura, who is also president of Japan’s National Commission for UNESCO. Greeting Ms Bokova, the head of the school’s Student Council explained that “most of us are interested in the world outside Japan and hope to make both a better place.”

The Director-General explained the relevance of UNESCO’s mission, stating that in all areas, the Organization is guided by the principles of “dignity, equality and mutual respect.”

Handing over the school a copy of the “World Heritage in Young Hands” interactive educational kit produced by UNESCO with the Japanese network NHK, she explained the importance of knowing, cherishing and acting to protect our heritage.

Following the lecture, the High School staged a traditional tea ceremony for the Director-General, and took her to a classroom where students were debating how gender stereotyping shapes our perceptions.




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