[Uchina Junior Study 2022] 2nd Learning Program ~Day2~


On the second day of the second learning program, participants are also connected with international participants through Zoom for a group learning session.

To facilitate the learning program and ensure close communication, a small group system has been introduced: five groups, each with a team of six or seven members.

Teams are divided by language, with one English-speaking team, one Spanish-speaking team and one Portuguese-speaking team, to ensure smooth communication between the international participants and the interpreters.

【Participant Comments】The senior high school affiliated to Showa Pharmaceutical University/Himena Ashitomi 

I went to elementary school in Argentina for a short period of time about ten years ago.
I never thought that I would be reunited with Pablo, who was my classmate at that time. I was impressed by the breadth of the Uchinanchu network, thinking that such a miracle occurred because we have prefectural immigrant roots and there are opportunities for Uchinanchu to interact with each other all over the world.

Today's topic is "Family Tree": creating a family tree and discovering new things as you learn about the roots. The family tree was researched and created by each student as a pre-assignment.
Each person has 10 minutes to present their family tree, including interpretation by tutors. Some teams were challenged to present in English or Japanese.

【Participant Comments】Naha high school/ Mao Tomimoto

Through the creation and presentation of this family tree, I learned and discovered many new things that were different from my studies at school.
The history of Okinawan immigrants seemed somewhat distant to me, but I actually have close ancestors who were members of Hawaiian and Brazilian immigrants. It gave me the opportunity to feel very close to the uchinanchu of the world. Personally, I was also very happy to learn that my teammate, Patricia, has Brazilian roots, as do my ancestors. It is not often that we have the opportunity to research our own family tree and learn about the family trees of our friends, and this was a very refreshing learning program that gave me a new respect for my own ancestors.


Next, it is time to learn about the establishment of 1030 World Uchinanchu Day.
Two lectures who contributed to the creation of this day, Mr. Isa Tadashi Andres and Mr. Higa Andres, talk about the creation of "World Uchinanchu Day".
Reflecting on their thoughts about the establishment and newspaper articles of the time, the participants thought about Uchinanchu, Okinawa and the world.

【Participant Comments】Kuwae Junior high school/ Yuta Miyagi

From this talk I learned "The importance of action". And I believe it is now up to our students to act. In implementing the Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival, we will think about what we can do to make it more exciting and link it to what we can do to implement it.

The second half of the day is the time to think about actions we can take.
How do we want to spend October 30th and what do we want to achieve? Along those question, each team reflected on actions they could take as junior high school and high school students.。
Various ideas were exchanged, not only for social networking, but also for video posting on YouTube and TikTok, and about product development, a wide range of ideas were generated, including animation, songs, making friends, events, etc.

The next program is the third learning program on August 1, a week-long camp program.

[Uchinā Junior Study 2022] 2nd Learning Program ~Day1~ 

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