25 Jan 2020
12th January 2019
Calling Hiroshima ALTs – Cities of Peace project
Photo credit: ©Clive Barda photography
Calling former Hiroshima JETs – help needed with a UK-Japan Season of Culture project:
Five Primary Schools in Coventry, UK are seeking a partnership with five schools in Hiroshima city, Japan to support our Cities of Peace project which was launched in September this year. As part of the UK-Japan Season of Culture from September 2019-2020, we have been supporting students from Coventry to explore Japanese noh theatre and create work with a focus on peace and reconciliation. Coventry students have already begun this work, producing ‘tanzaku’ peace poems which were displayed in Coventry Cathedral (Nov.9th -16th) and will be exhibited at the Japan Embassy in the UK in February 2019.
We would like to develop this project further by helping Coventry schools to form partnerships with schools in Hiroshima, ideally to produce collaborative artistic works in the run up to the Rugby World Cup 2019 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Students in Coventry are working towards the production of a city centre Japan Arts Festival in June 2020. We would like Coventry-Hiroshima schools to work together through this project to learn about each other’s languages and culture.
We would like to talk with JETs who have returned to the UK from Hiroshima to informally share their experiences of working in schools and discuss ideas about facilitating this international exchange. We are ideally looking for ALTs who worked at Primary School level, but we would also be interested to hear from Junior High and High School ALTs too.
Please contact the Japan Society’s education team on firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how you can support this exciting project.
We are working with students from the Coventry Young Ambassadors programme: twitter.com/cyambassador. To read more about the next phases of the work in Coventry please see: https://www.betweenthestones.com/schools-project/.