Cambodia (Sep '00 -)
   Philippines (Nov '01 -)
   Vietnam (Jan '01 - Dec '10)
   India (Jan '05 - Dec '10)
   Indonesia (Jan '01 -)
   Pakistan (Oct '05 -)
   Timor Leste (Oct '06 -)
   Jordan (Oct '07 -)
   Bangladesh (Dec '07 -)
   Myanmar (Jun '08 -)
   Palestine (Nov '11 -)
   Japan (Sep '97 -)
■Three courses in KnK children center (2009/03/01)

Happy Picnic

Since we had an opening ceremony in January, it had past two months in a flash. Although the members of staff had carefully prepared for programmes in a body, we realised imperfection once programmes started. Whenever we found something needs improvement, we tried to react immediately and properly. Only recently we, all the members of staff, teachers and participants, became used to the situation and could feel that the programmes are on the right track. Among the several programmes, Japanese, Sewing and Aikido courses are reported this time.

1. Japanese course
The reasons for studying Japanese are various; some participant likes Japanese songs, some participant wants to learn technology of rice firming in Japan, or some participant wants to work as a care worker in Japan. However, they are in the same situation as learning Japanese and its letters are totally new experience for them. Many of participants have some difficulty with reading and writing Hiragana and Katakana. It is hard to memorise the letters they rarely use. Therefore many of participants still show the pronunciation of Hiragana and Katakana in the Roman alphabet. Even so, they try to write their name in Hiragana or Katakana when they sign an attendance sheet. They also try to increase their vocabulary, especially the vocabulary of the field they are attracted to, by looking up words in a dictionary. Their enthusiasm for study also gives a teacher motivation to teach. We hope all participants keep finding enjoyment in their study always.

It looks serious during tests.

Checking up a dictionaries.

Introducing themselves in Japanese.


2. Sewing course
Participants learned the name, function and a use of each parts of sewing machine first. After that they started sewing practice using paper instead of cloth. For the most of the participants, it was the first time to use sewing machine, so that they could not go on sewing. They timidly operated sewing machine, and stopped their machine every few centimetres. However, within a month they could use sewing machine with confidence. They even tried to use high speed sewing machine in competition with other participants. Their progress is amazing. While they practice operating sewing machine, they also learn measuring and drawing patterns by beginning making long skirt. Their work smoothly improved to cutting, sewing, and finally all participants completed long skirt at the end of February. Then they started making a shirt. They will make trousers, jacket, Batik (traditional cloth in Java) and so on using different materials for the purpose of acquiring knowledge of different kind of cloths and threads and techniques.

Working together.

Difficult to use sewing machine with motor.

Wearing hand made skirts, "Smile!!"


3. Aikido Course
As Aikido takes its origin from Japan, a lot of Japanese words are used in the process of coaching. For example, coach uses the word ‘Hajime!’ when they start practice, and then uses ‘Yame!’ for stopping their practice. Participants say ‘Arigato gozaimasu’ with making a bow to their training partner. Having a chat during training is strictly forbidden. When somebody has a chat, they are immediately told off by coach. Similarly, when somebody is late for training, they are not allowed to join until the coach gives them permission. They must wait outside. As the result of these instructions, the number of participants who arrive late for training has decreased. Their skills also have progressed. They now can do ‘Ukemi’ more smoothly than beginning. As their skill progressed, they practiced harder. Participants will challenge advancement test as coach recommended. How many participants will be able to pass the test by the end of the programme?

It looks eazy, but...

It is quite difficult.

Even girls trying to do it!

This project gives participants an opportunity of learning new knowledge or techniques. But it is not only participants who learn. Teachers also gain new experience by teaching at the youth centres as it is first time for them working for such project. Some of them mentioned that they need to adjust their curriculum and way of teaching to the programmes at the youth centre. Teachers and the members of staff also find something new and learn with participants.

This Youth Center construction has been supported by Pasona Inc.

Yoko Mizutani
Nonprofit Organization Kokkyo naki Kodomotachi (KnK)
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