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Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami Emergency response and recovery program

“Proposal” to the Minister for Reconstruction from the children of Tohoku “Children-Led Clubs Leader Tour 2015” Vol.1

On August 3, 2015, a total of 37 children in Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectures, who have been involved in the recovery process, visited the Reconstruction Agency and handed proposal to the Minister for Reconstruction, as a part of “Children-Led Clubs Leader Tour 2015.” What did they want to convey to the government after 4 years since 3.11?

 

 

■Four years have passed since 3.11, and it is time to covey this message!■

The children have been actively sharing their experience and have often exchanged their opinions. Based on those discussions, they have so far delivered their messages to their municipality on December 2011 and to the world through international conference from June 2012 to March 2015.

 

For the past 4 years, they have been consistently asking to have their voices heard and to participate in the process of recovery. Through the activities of the Children’s Community Building Clubs, they developed a mascot to help with the revitalization of the community, created the monument to symbolize the newly designed Children’s center, and delivered their messages during the international conferences. The more involved they became, the stronger their desires became.

 

In “the 6th Tohoku Children’s Community Building Summit” held in May 2015, about 220 participants, both adults and children, discussed what they can do in order to involve more children in community building.” Based on this along with the past opinion papers and each member’s experience, they developed the proposal during “the 6th Tohoku Children’s Community Building Summit.”

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■Proposal, the Voices of the Children in Tohoku: Community Building Through Everyone’s Participation■

Children proposed to the following to the Minister for Reconstruction:

 

1.We are in need of opportunities to participate in discussion on community recovery and to report such activities

  1. There should be groups that meet regularly such as Children’s Community Building Clubs
  2. There should be opportunities where children and adults can talk to each other on equal ground such as the Children’s Community Building Summit.
  3. There should be learning opportunities in school settings.

 

2.We are in need of a nurturing environment where children can speak out regarding recovery.

  1. We need parents’ understanding.
  2. We need opportunities to promote mutual understanding between children and adults.
  3. We need opportunities where children and adults can talk to each other on equal ground.
  4. We need information on recovery specifically catering to children in order to bridge the digital divide.

Please click here for the full text of the proposal.

■Response of the Minister for Reconstruction to the needs of children of Tohoku■

“Children are pressuring us,” says the Minister for Reconstruction in response to the children’s proposal, filled with concrete ideas. “We will continue posting the activities of the Children’s Community Building Clubs on the Reconstruction Agency’s website. Also, we will develop specific measure to incorporate such opportunities into school curriculums. To make all the information available to the children, meetings should be organized and newsletters should be distributed.” He responded. Then, he inspired the children by saying, “I strongly believe that you, who have gone through so much, will become capable of global operations, and I would like to create a nurturing environment for you to become global citizens. Please keep involving more community members in your activities and bring into reality a great community, a great Tohoku! You have our full support.”

 

■Keep working on realizing community building in which everybody plays a key role■

Children have been moving forward towards recovery, wanting to play a key role in community building. Throughout their achievements so far, it is not too much to say that they have overcame the hardships of 3.11 and became capable to act responsibly as a global citizens. Together with the community and its members, Save the Children Japan will continue working with the children in order to make better communities by maximizing their abilities and strength. Please keep supporting us!

 

In the next report, you will see what and how the children actually did at the opinion exchange in the Reconstruction Agency, briefing session, and the fieldwork during the Children-Led Clubs Leader Tour 2015. Please check back with us soon!