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The 5th Children’s Community Building Clubs of Tohoku Summit: Dream Towns We Inherit, Attracts 84 Children and 120 Adults! (May 9, 2014)

As a part of the child-participatory community building project, “Speaking Out From Tohoku: Building better communities through the participation of the children,” the 5th Children’s Community Building Clubs of Tohoku Summit: Dream Towns We Inherit, was held in Sendai City on Children’s Day, May 5, 2014. A total of 204 people, men and women of all ages, participated in the summit, the fifth since they began in Nov. 2011. Members of the Children’s Community Building Clubs from Yamada Town and Rikuzentakata City in Iwate Prefecture, and Ishinomaki City in Miyagi Prefecture took part. And for the first time, children from Fukushima Prefecture also joined to make presentations on their past activities towards the recovery process and the current situation of their communities. All the participants eagerly engaged in discussion on how to improve their communities through child participation.

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■ Children from Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures Speak Out on their Feelings and Opinions about the Recovery Process ■

The summit started with presentations from members of the Children’s Community Building Clubs and children from Fukushima Prefecture. Members of the Children’s Community Building Clubs in Yamada Town and Rikuzentakata City in Iwate Prefecture, and Ishinomaki City in Miyagi Prefecture, talked about their past activities in the recovery process that they have been working on since the foundation of the clubs, in cooperation with local governments, in June 2011. They also expressed their feelings and opinions on the recovery efforts so far. Also, for the first time at the summits, children from Fukushima Prefecture who have been participating in SCJ’s, “Hear Our Voice” project talked about their feelings and opinions of the recovery process. Through their unique presentations, each of the participants successfully delivered their opinions and feelings, as well as their passion. They left us positive feedback such as:
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“I had fun learning what the children from Tohoku have been working on.”
“I was impressed to see that kids who are around the same age as me take their community very seriously. They really are proud of their community!”
“I became confident that those children who have been active and the adults who have been supporting them could make a difference not only in the Tohoku area, but to the whole country.”

 

Children’s Community Building Club in Rikuzentakata City, Iwate Prefecture
In their presentation, one of the members played the role of a newspaper reporter who covers the club’s activities. “Let’s go, Takada kids! Community Building Photos,” publicized photos of the current situation in Takata City from the children’s point of view so as to remember what has happened. Then, “Let’s go, Takada kids! Community Building Talk Part 2,” served as an opportunity for an exchange of opinions between the children and policy makers. Mr. Okubo, Deputy Manager of the Education Department, made a guest appearance in the presentation!
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Children’s Community Building Club in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture
Members used play-acting, slides and a ‘musical band’ playing imaginary instruments in their presentation. Using these diverse methods, they described the process through which the Ishinomaki Children’s Center was completed, how the preamble of the Center’s bylaws was created by the members, and how the Center has been utilized since its opening. At the end of the presentation, they announced the new nickname of the Children’s Center, “Raitsu,” that was picked from ideas that had been collected from children all over the country.
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Children’s Community Building Club in Yamada Town, Iwate Prefecture

The members introduced “Matsushii,” a new mascot for Yamada Town that was created by the club members in 2011. They also presented “Yamada Town Karuta” (traditional Japanese playing cards), that they had created along with community members to convey the attractions of Yamada Town to those both inside and outside of the community. “Matsushii” made an appearance during the presentation and the club members demonstrated playing with the Karuta cards on stage with other participants.
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Children who participated in the “Hear Our Voice” project, Fukushima Prefecture

The children from the HOV project in Fukushima Prefecture who could attend the summit provided the club members and participants their perspective on the recovery process and the current situation that the children of Fukushima are in. They also performed a play where the children spoke out about their concerns regarding health, the restriction of their outside activities, and the recovery process in general based on their own experiences. Finally, the “Children’s Rights Man” made his entrance on stage to deliver a message on children’s rights to survival, development, protection and participation.

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■ Children and Adults from All Over the County Speak Out From Tohoku! ■
The last half of the summit started with a game where participants shook hands with one another while jumping to the music playing. Then, all the participants, from Iwate to Okinawa Prefectures, came together and shared their opinions on “what I want to tell people around me after listening to the presentations from the children in Tohoku.” Each participant wrote a message on the board and took pictures so that their message could be reflected in actions towards recovery. The following messages from the participants displayed their passion towards the recovery of Tohoku and child participation in the recovery:

“I want to tell my family that we can create a better future through equal communication between children and adults.”
“My message to people all over the county is that there are things that children can do and that only they can do.”
“I want to let people know that the disaster is not over, even though we might think it is as we don’t talk about it as often as we used to.”

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“I thought the World Café was very interesting as it has a good balance of input and output from both adults and children. I learned a lot by listening to the stories from various people.”
“We, as participants, could walk out with a sense of involvement after participating in the various programs.”
“Tohoku is great since the adults and children join forces to run their community. I think they should keep going and get even more people involved.”

These are some of the real voices of participants that came out of the summit. We would like to thank everybody who helped us with this summit!

We will report more details of the 5th summit, along with the actual voices of the participants in videos shortly. Please check out our blog again soon!