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In March 2012, the Japanese Government and UNESCO invited the Canadian Commission for UNESCO to participate in the Kizuna Bond Project. With the support of the Japanese Embassy in Ottawa and the Japanese consulates in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver, we coordinated a cultural exchange between 200 Canadian and Japanese high school students aged 15 to 18. The students visited each other’s countries for two weeks, attending workshops, school visits and field trips, and participating in volunteer work.
Canadian students travelled to Japan to deepen their knowledge of the impacts of climate change and the consequences of related natural and environmental disasters while learning about post-disaster recovery. Japanese students, some from disaster-affected areas, travelled to Canada to examine similar issues in a Canadian context. In the process, all students learned how to build a more sustainable and peaceful society, and about the importance of cultural heritage and diversity in their communities and abroad.
On our end...
Highlights of the Canadian portion of the program included visits to provincial legislative assemblies, discussions with deputy ministers, visits to Canadian high schools, homestays with Canadian families, visits to museums and historical locations, and even outings to sugar shacks. Students also took part in a number of UNESCO-related activities, including:
The Japanese students congregated in Vancouver for a final wrap-up session led by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. The program ended with an evening celebration featuring musical group Tribe of One.
We believe in providing youth with opportunities to learn together, make lasting connections, and share new and meaningful experiences.