This year’s Guest Lecture Series was kicked off at Nakagawa Elementary School in Kin Town on May 18.
Four instructors from the Okinawa NGO Center visited the school, where the lesson was conducted by Azumi Nakama, who lived and worked in Bolivia for three years as a kindergarten teacher through the Youth Volunteers for Nikkei Communities program.
In the first part of the session, students and teachers were exposed to different cultures by playing musical instruments from around the world. During the second part, students exchanged greetings in various languages and were shown traditional clothing from a number of countries. Through this, they learned about the many kinds of Uchinanchu living overseas.
Students showed their interest by actively asking questions about the instruments and clothes, which many of them were seeing for the first time. They also enjoyed singing and dancing to songs from each country.
The class served as a good start to the year’s lecture series.
“Learning about Uchinanchu Around the World!” is planning to hold 90 lectures this fiscal year at elementary, junior high, and high schools as well as colleges and local community centers. We are currently taking applications for participating schools and organizations.
For more information, please visit the project’s homepage below.