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Building Better Communities through the Participation of Children: SOFT Interim Report 4 “Future” is now available (2014.11.21)

Yesterday, the 20th of November, was Universal Children’s Day. The “Convention on the Rights of the Child” was adopted by the UN on this day 25 years ago, and 20 years ago by Japan.

To celebrate this day we published “Future,” the fourth SOFT Interim Report. It was developed by members of the Children’s Community Building Clubs in Yamada Town and Rikuzentakata City in Iwate Prefecture, and Ishinomaki City in Miyagi Prefecture. It is a continuation of their first three interim reports: “Hope” (2011), a summary of the children’s “Dream Community Plan”; “Action” (2012), a summary of the actions taken by the children to realize their “Dream Community Plan”; and “Connect” (2013), a summary of their activities to get connected with the government, community and new comrades.
This year will mark four years since the disaster, and the children have spent these years working towards a bright “future” for their communities. Let’s review some of their achievements together.

Please click here for the SOFT Interim Report 4, “Future.”

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■We hope our activities become a bridge to the future for our communities!■
The members of each Children’s Community Building Club came up with ideas for the title of this report, then collectively voted to decide upon which title they thought most suitable. From 27 original ideas, they voted for the one they felt best conveyed their achievements over the past year. Two titles came in equal first, so the children had a tiebreaker vote to decide the final winner. “Future” was originally suggested by three different members, and their reasons were, “I want our activities to be a path towards the future of our community,” “Our activities create our future,” and “I hope we can do anything we want in the future.”
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In this report, you can see the achievements of each club over the past year in the “Children’s Community Building Club” page. They created this page, hoping to let more and more people know about their activities. The report also contains: the results of the “Attitude Survey on Children’s Participation 2014”; “Hear Our Voice” which summarizes their global activities on disaster risk reduction; the “Children’s Community Building Leaders Tour 2014” which reviews the field work members took in the metropolitan area; and the “Tohoku Children’s Community Building Summit” where people, young and old, got together to discuss community building. Each page reviews their activities and is filled with their hopes and possibilities for the “future.” You can also read messages from the alumni of the clubs who graduated from high school in the spring of 2014, community members, government officials, and parents. “Future” also summarizes the highlights of the clubs’ achievements from their beginnings in 2011.
We thank everybody who helped us with the “Future”!
■Create a “present” that brings us a bright “future” together with the children in Tohoku!■

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The title “Future” carries the children’s wishes. Children are the path to the future. Your support matters in order to realize their passion and desire.
The “Convention on the Rights of the Child” asks every one of us to respect children as “right subjects.” We hope this Universal Children’s Day served to raise awareness of the activities of the children in Tohoku and to attract more people to support the children build a hopeful future.
Save the Children Japan will keep working to bring into reality a society where more children can speak out and participate in the recovery of their communities. So please “Speak Out from Tohoku” with us!