Hello! I'm Miyu Maki and I got sunburned. Be careful of sunlight.
As we approach the end of July, summer is really getting into full swing.
Now, I am pleased to report on our May 27th interaction with Ugandan students on Zoom. This exchange session was the very first step in Daisy's project start-up that we are involved in. I hope you'll read this all the way to the end!
The purpose of the discussion was to start the crowdfunding project, which is still in the process of fundraising, and to first interact with the people involved to see if there is a need for the project.
Before participating in a Zoom meeting, I was nervous about whether I would be able to communicate well, but I soon was relaxed because the girls were friendly, I was then able to enjoy the discussion and I learnt a lot about the local situation.
We asked many questions such as; "Have you ever missed school when you got your period? Why is that?" They answered seriously even the sensitive questions.
By listening to the real voices of the students, we were able to gain a greater sense of responsibility for our activities and a greater awareness of the people involved, and we learned a lot. Until now, I had conducted research on the local situation through newspaper and heard from NPOs such as GBN, but I realized that it is important to recognize the current situation of the target students by looking at their facial expressions.
Since this was also a chance to interact with the local children, I talked to them a little about Japan, and this is what they had to say with their smiling faces. They didn't seem to know much about Japan at all, but they were very curious to ask questions about Japan and about us! The smiles on the girls' faces were really cute, and I am really looking forward to meeting them in person!
When we travel to Uganda to visit schools, we will also introduce Japan to them and interact online with Japanese high school students from the school we graduated. The juniors at our old school have been working very hard to prepare materials to introduce Japan, and this exchange is one of the things we are looking forward to in Uganda! We will do our best to facilitate the exchange time so that it will be an opportunity for both the high school students from our old school and the Ugandan students to receive some positive inspiration!
In this issue, we reported on our plan of the exchange program with Nagle Elementary School. How was it? I am impressed by the time in which we can meet and exchange time together online. I hope that after my trip to Uganda, I will be able to continue this kind of exchange while visiting the area.
Well, I guess my next update will be during
or after my trip!
I hope you look forward to my next blog!