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

Children’s Voices on the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction -The 2nd Workshop on “Our Voices on Global Disaster Risk Reduction” Vol.2 (April 18, 2014)

As a follow up on the previous report on the 2nd workshop on “Our Voices on Global Disaster Risk Reduction,” we now would like to present video footage from the workshop. Please watch this video to find out what these children from Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures discuss in preparation to the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) in Thailand this June.

 

 

– “Not enough time to talk!” They openly exchanged their opinions and feelings –

Through this two-day workshop, the children passionately talked about disaster risk reduction on a global scale. On the 2nd day, some groups ran out of time and continued their discussions during break. “Everybody had so much to say, and I definitely wanted to talk more!” was the common reaction shared by the participants. There are things that only the children who have experienced the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami could share. When it comes to world disaster risk reduction, they seemed to have a lot more to share with the world.

Voices from the Children:

“Each participant expressed their opinions, using their own words.” (6th Grader, Female, Iwate Prefecture)

“We were able to express ourselves by writing and talking.” (6th Grader, Female, Miyagi Prefecture)

“I was glad that I participated in this workshop. I started to think that it is actually fun to communicate with other people and to make assertions.” (6th Grader, Female, Iwate Prefecture)

“I could even talk about things that I have never shared with my friends before with other participants who shared my same passion.” (6th Grader, Female, Miyagi Prefecture)

“I would like to learn more opinions and experiences that other people have had and take them into account.” (6th Grader, Male, Fukushima Prefecture)

“It gave me a great opportunity to think about disaster risk reduction awareness of people in other communities.” (High School Junior, Female, Fukushima Prefecture)

The participants seemed to have learned the importance not only of speaking out, but of listening to and also exchanging opinions. Their feedback revealed their eagerness for discussion:

“I would like to hear different opinions more!” (High School Senior, Male, Iwate Prefecture)

“Various opinions that are different from mine taught me new perspectives.” (6th Grader, Female, Miyagi Prefecture).

 

– Speaking Out From Tohoku! –

The 6th AMCDRR is scheduled to take place in June, and the new global action plan will be discussed previous to the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in March 2015, where the updated action plan will be developed. We will keep you posted on how our three representatives deliver their messages from Tohoku to the world.

Save the Children Japan will continue to work with children in order to help them grow a voice in a society where they can speak out and participate. We would like to ask you for your continuous support!