寄付・募金・ボランティアのセーブ・ザ・チルドレン・ジャパン

Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami Emergency response and recovery program

Completion of SOFT Interim Report “Next”

“Speaking Out From Tohoku (SOFT): Building Better Communities through the Participation of Children” is a disaster-relief project run by Save the Children Japan since May 2011. Fifty-six years ago today on November 29th, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Since then the Convention has become one of the core beliefs of Save the Children. In celebration of Universal Children’s Day, this report will talk about the “Next” SOFT Interim Report that we developed in close collaboration with the members of the Children’s Community Building Clubs of Yamada Town and Rikuzentakata City, in Iwate Prefecture, and Ishinomaki City in Miyagi Prefecture!

 

In 2011, the “HOPE” SOFT Interim Report was published, in which the children drew their “Dream Town Plan.” Since then, other SOFT interim reports we have produced are; “Action,” a summary of their achievements in realizing their dream town plan in 2012, “Connect,” a report of their efforts to cultivate connections with the community and new members and collaborate with them in 2013, and “Future,” a review of their activities to build sustainable communities for the future in 2014. Their activities throughout the year of 2015 were brought together as “Next,” which carries their wish to take it to the “next” level, as it’s been nearly five years since 3.11. Let’s take a look at the highlights of the report!

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■2015 was all about preparing for the “next agenda and next process!”

For the title, all the members of the Children’s Community Building Clubs thought about ideas that would suitably summarize their efforts in 2015, and then elected “Next” from the 29 ideas presented. The members put their desire “to have a next agenda and to bring it to the next level on our own” into this title.

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In the report, the members paid special attention to the section about “Children’s Community Building Clubs,” which summarizes their past activities to have their efforts known by as many people as possible. Also, unlike past reports, this report has a new chronological table of their activities from 2011 to 2014, making what has been achieved clear at a glance. The page entitled “Hear Our Voice” is a summary of the children’s efforts to improve disaster risk reduction on a global scale since 2012. You can see the messages they have been transmitting nationally and globally over the past year. A major achievement was made at the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, and in their dialogue with the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström. There is also a summary of the “Children’s Community Building Leaders Tour 2015.” Among the many activities on this tour the children handed a petition to the Minister for Reconstruction. The voices of children and adults from both inside Tohoku and from around the country discussing at the “6th Tohoku Children’s Community Building Summit” is another highlight of their achievements in 2015. The latter half of this report features the voices of, not only the children, but also community members, government officials and parents who have been supporting the activities and members of the clubs. Please take a look at “Next” and learn more about the members’ strong steps towards recovery. We would like to thank all those who helped us with the development of “Next,” with a special thanks to people from the Tohoku area.

 

■Preparing for the “Next” step of recovery, together with the children of Tohoku who are living there today!

The title “Next” carries each member’s wish. Without your support, children who look ahead while living today can’t enact their feelings and opinions. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child requires every one of us to respect children as bearers of rights like adults, with the same integrity and independence. We hope that today, Universal Children’s Day, serves to make the community building efforts of the children in Tohoku known to more people. We want it so that children can set the next agenda and take the recovery to the next level! We hope that there will be many more opportunities for the Children’s Community Building Clubs. To promote children’s involvement in the recovery process, let’s continue “Speaking Out From Tohoku!”