Establishment of Scholarship
On 11 March 2011, the biggest earthquake ever recorded in Japan brought devastation to millions of people in the northeast. Victims who lost their families, loved ones, friends, houses, and their ordinary lives are fighting to overcome this unprecedented crisis. The National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan (NFUAJ) has started a relief fund: "The UNESCO Association Scholarship for 3.11 Disaster-Stricken Children and Students." This scholarship supports victimized students who are facing financial difficulties that jeopardize their education. The students will receive scholarships of 20,000 Japanese yen per month for three years.
School Support Project
Support for educational materials and school equipment
Because of catastrophic damage from the Northeast Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on 11 March 2011, schools in the disaster areas are suffering not only from a shortage of necessary educational materials and school equipment, but also from a lack of funds for school activities such as field trips. We are trying to meet the requirements of every single school in need.
In addition, we are trying as much as possible to provide support for things like books, mobile libraries, school buses, and day care centers.
The NFUAJ has been making efforts, from its foundation in 1948, to promote UNESCO's ideals among the youth. The youth members of the UNESCO Associations annually organize the "Children's Summer Camp", "Youth Seminar" and the various activities in order to promote the UNESCO ideals.
The NFUAJ's approach to the young generation is not only in field of social education, but also in public education.
Especially, since 2008, the NFUAJ has been emphasizing to promote the UNESCO Associated School by organizing the workshops for school teachers, and publishing various materials on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) program, which cover international understating, world and regional heritage studies, environmental studies and etc.
In 2009 the NFUAJ launched a movement called "Heritage for the Future" in order to preserve our local cultural and natural
heritages and to pass them on to the future generations.
Through this program, the NFUAJ provides supports to the community activities to save local and cultural heritages and inscribes the outstanding community activities to the "Heritage for the Future Project List."
In 1989, one year before the World Conference on Education for All (EFA) in Jomtien, Thailand, the NFUAJ launched the "World TERAKOYA Movement (WTM)", an international cooperation program for non-formal education. The core objective of the WTM is to provide adult illiterates and out-of-school children with opportunities to learn literacy and places of learning (TERAKOYA = CLC: Community Learning Center), in cooperation with governmental, non-governmental, local and international
organizations in partner states.
Objectives of the Movement
The fundamental mission of literacy is to enable all people to cultivate their humanity and autonomy and to foster their convictions, knowledge and technology so that they can shape their own future, the future of society, and the future of the world. In places where it
provides assistance, the WTM aims to end the cycle of poverty and illiteracy, provides people with knowledge about health and hygiene as well as an understanding of their rights, and to improve quality of life. At the same time, the WTM also aims to deepen mutual understanding in terms of cultures and histories of other countries, global issues, and to promote education in international understanding within the Japanese educational system.
What is TERAKOYA？
TERAKOYAs were private literacy classes that were actively operated during the EDO period (17th to 19th centuries) in Japan.
Anybody could attend, regardless of social status, and nationwide expansion of TERAKOYA contributed to a high literacy rate in Japan even before the introduction of the modern educational system.
Wishing to share the message that the foundation for national development is education of people at the grass roots level, the NFUAJ named this non-formal education program as the World TERAKOYA Movement.
The NFUAJ's World Heritage Activities aim to raise awareness to protect our irreplaceable cultural and natural heritage as well as to promote local community activities . The main objective of the World
Heritage Activities is not only to pass on the World Heritages to the future generations but also to preserve local environment and both tangible and intangible cultural properties. The NFUAJ World Heritage Activities also aim to promote respect towards different cultures and nature.
World Heritage Preservation Support programmes
has been implemented overseas in Bamiyan/Afghanistan, Lumbini/Nepal, Hoi Yan and Phong Nha-Ke Bang/Viet Nam, Ifugao/ the Philippines and in Japan at Shirakami Sanchi.
The "Yearbook of World Heritage" has been published yearly since 1995 with support from the Japan Lottery Association. The book contains an abundance of the latest information concerning World Heritage and a World Heritage Map indicating all sites inscribed on the World Heritage List as well as beautiful photographs. Approximately 12,000 copies are donated to public libraries, universities, museums, and education councils all over Japan.