School Visits 2012
Grand Prize 2012: Vandana SHIVA
- 「Seed Freedom－What is at stake?」
- Tuesday, September 11 (13:25-15:00)
- Fukuoka Jonan High School
- 100 Students
As a researcher on Quantum Theory, Dr. Shiva related the background of her activities to examine the earth’s environment from scientific point of view and protect forests, known as “Chipko Movement”, as well as “Navdanya Movement” to save biological diversity and seeds. She urged the students to understand that the cycle of seeds, water and nitrogen is essential for the earth’s sustainable ecosystem, and consider ideal society.
Furthermore, she pointed out that acquisitive, greedy industrial giants are monopolizing possession of seeds by gene-recombination technology and intellectual property rights and patent, and as a result farmers are forced to buy expensive seeds and many of them are poverty-stricken.
She then encouraged them not to give up in their pursuit for ideal society come what may. After an active question-and-answer session, she showed the experimental results of genetically-modified food products and explained their harmful effects.
Academic Prize 2012: Charnvit KASETSIRI
- Friday, September 14 (14:35-16:30)
- Fukuoka Chuo High School
- 720 students
Dr.Charnvit was welcomed with the national anthem of Thailand played by the school band. After projecting Dr.Charnvit’s partly-animated self-introductory video onto the screen, he delivered lecture to the audience of about 750 students, entitled “From Ayutthaya to Fukuoka, With Love”. His lecture began with an impressive phrase, “I am a teacher; at the same time I am and will continue to be a student.” And he expressed his joy of receiving this award by saying, “Thanks to this prize, Fukuoka may become my second hometown.”
He comprehensibly developed his lecture by including many picture images and reference materials such as an Ayutthaya’s picture map of the 17th century, statistics of foreign ships that came to Ayutthaya’s port, data from Tourism Authority of Thailand and brief summary of the history and Japanese community of Ayutthaya. Moreover he encouraged the listeners by saying, “Studying and teaching are unending stories. Everyone, even after finishing school, please stay as students. After the lecture, he was entertained at “Korantei”, a tea-ceremony room with Japanese harp performance by Soukyoku Club and enjoyed having matcha (green powdered tea) that was served by Tea Club.
Arts and Culture Prize 2012: Kidlat Tahimik
- Friday, September 14 (14:00-15:00)
- Sasaoka Elementary School
- 360 students
Mr. Tahimik and his family came in while playing instruments and they got a red carpet welcome by almost 400 students with thunderous applause. They greeted the children in Filipino by saying, “Magandang hapon”, and then
Mr. Tahimik gave explanation about the Philippines. As he took a bamboo camera out of the installation art display and aimed it to children with humming of the well-known “Godzilla” theme song, they burst into a gale of laughter.
“I’ve been filming local traditions in our land with this bamboo camera. The story of Tokyo or NY sounds good, but why don’t you tell me something about small village or town that you live?” he added.
Then he introduced Filipino musical instruments and played them with his family. After that he showed a video and explained about schools in the Philippines. In return, the children played Filipino folk song “Leron Leron Sinta” and the school song. Last of all everyone joined in dancing along with Filipino songs. The hall was filled with fervent handclapping.
Arts and Culture Prize 2012: G.R.Ay. Koes Murtiyah Paku Buwono
- Friday, September 14 (11:00-12:00)
- Kusagae Elementary School
- 700 students
Ms. Tamura Fumiko first gave about 700 students a brief introduction of Indonesia, Java Island and gamelan music, and they enjoyed the gamelan performance. The names and sounds of each gamelan instruments were explained in an amusing manner while the students mimicking the sounds. After that eight students were invited to the stage to have a taste of playing gamelan instruments. The venue was gradually filled with handclapping and excitement.
Then Ms. Murtiyah gave them a dance lesson. Along with slow melodies, they practiced together basic movements of graceful female dance. “Open the legs, bend your knees, and spread your arms. With fingers of your hands form a fox just like a shadow picture, and twist your wrists.” she added a detailed explanation. Later, a bearded, long-haired man came in and thunderous applause erupted as he dynamically danced along with fast rhythm, and the hall became filled with deafening cries of joy from the students as he stared at them. In closing, the performers were encircled by the students and given a hearty send-off.
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