2020年3月1日日曜日

【Activity Report】Yokohama International Forum participation (February 16, 2020)



Session about Uganda
We participated in the Yokohama International Forum held on February 26.

It was a rainy day and due to the influence of the coronavirus honestly, we were worried whether we could have any participants but on entering the venue, many people had come and we were relieved for the time being!

We had one session from 12:00 to introduce Uganda's culture and some of its differences from Japan.

At first, Ms. Ohnishi presented the mission and vision of Global Bridge Nework, the two projects currently being carried out locally in Uganda, and the international exchange activities in Japan.
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Introduction of GBN activities from Ms. Ohnishi
After that, Mr. Rafael, a Ugandan living in Japan, came in to introduce the differences in rural and urban life, folk costumes and dances, sightseeing spots, agriculture, and the main meals of Uganda.

Mr. Raff introduces Ugand

If you talk of Africa, it is often related to issues like poverty and conflict, but we wanted you to certainly know the other different side of Uganda so we talked about its interesting side.

At the end of the presentation, Mr. Alex a Ugandan living in Japan then took the floor to present a Ugandan quiz session titled "What is orange, Avocado and Passion Fruit in Luganda?"

There were many words similar to Japanese and it was really exciting!
Surprisingly, everyone's thinking was sharp, and many seemed to have got the answers of the four questions right.

The quiz session was exciting!


Craft Shop
In the second half of the workshop, we interacted more with the participants through receiving questions from them and we responded accordingly. Some of the questions were as follows.
· How did GBN start working in Uganda?
· Power situation in Uganda
· Population ratio between urban and rural areas
· Current security situation in Uganda
· About religion
· Uganda image of Japanese people
· Does 'African time' exist?
· How did Raff and Alex come to Japan and what are they doing as their jobs ?
· What consumption and technology do they want to take from Japan to Uganda?
There were many questions from the participants, to the extent that the session time could not be enough.

On the day of the event, from morning there was generally a small number of participants due to the cold rain and the current epidemic infection fears, so we were worried how will it be when it comes to our workshop. However, about 20 people participated and we were very happy.

It was really impressive that there were many young participants who listened seriously while taking notes.

The reason for this workshop was to deepen interest and understanding of GBN activities and Uganda, and we are glad if you managed to get it!

Thank you very much for those who participated!

Questions are accepted at any time,
Please feel free to contact us!
info@globalbridgenetwork.org











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