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Kobe Kathmandu Exchange Program

Kobe-Kathmandu Collaborative Exchange Program on Earthquake Safety started from 2002 is a logical continuation of School Earthquake Safety Program (SESP) of NSET in the schools of Kathmandu valley. The program aims to enhance cooperation between the students of Kobe and Kathmandu through learning experiences and sharing knowledge in disaster mitigation. The goal is to raise awareness for disaster preparedness among students, teachers, and other members of the community. The program consists of:

Exchange of Culture Box: it is critical to understand each other’s culture to promote international cooperation in earthquake safety. Cultural aspects cannot be ignored in disaster risk reduction activities. Thus, the cooperation between the students of two countries started with exchange of culture boxes. This activity has been a great success in awareness raising and deepening the understanding of each other’s cultural background. For the exchange of culture student stay at home in villages with Nepalese students and learn culture more closely.

Retrofitting of School Buildings: The students of Maiko High School, Kobe raise funds to retrofit public schools in Nepal as part of NSET’s SESP. Although the amount was nominal, the impact it has created in the heart of the related communities of Nepal is tremendous.

Disaster Education Program: Curricula for disaster and environmental studies have been exchanged between Maiko High School and the schools of Kathmandu. This includes the curriculum on disaster studies, piloted by the Maiko High School of Kobe, Japan. The Headmaster of Bal Bikas Secondary School, Alapot Kathmandu visited Maiko High School in 2002 for developing a closer understanding the curriculum and its delivery mode.

Apart from the above programs speech contest, eloquence contest, quiz contest, cultural program and various other educational programs are organized during the visit.

 

     

 

 

Kobe Kathmandu Exchange Program Timeline

The students from Maiko High School of Kobe, Japan conduct educational and cultural visit each year to the schools that are seismically reconstructed and retrofitted under SESP.

Timeline on the visits

First time 2002:

A student and a teacher from Maiko School visited various schools of Kathmandu valley and exchanged their views and shared the experiences regarding earthquake safety. During the visit culture boxes were exchanged among Alapot and Maiko School.

Second time in 2003:

Five students and two teachers from Kobe visited our Schools and stayed with the students of Balbikash Secondary School, Alapot for a night at their home. They have maintained a very good relationship with our students. The home stay was also managed and facilitated by NSET that helped the students to share and know the experience and knowledge they have about earthquake safety in the schools and in the community.

Third time in 2004:

14 students and 2 teachers from Maiko School visited the schools. They performed cultural program together with our students and stayed at their home for a nigh. Half of students and a teacher stayed with the students of Shree Krishna School, Dhapakhel and remaining stayed with the students of Bal Vikash Secondary School, Alapot, Kathmandu.

Fourth Kathmandu-Kobe Exchange Program -2007

Kobe-Kathmandu exchange program was started in 2002 and has continued as an integral part of NSET’s School Earthquake Safety Program (SESP). This year also, ten students and three teachers from Maiko High School, along with six members from “Support for International Disaster Education” (SIDE) team from Kobe, Japan, visited Nepal (18-30 August 2007). The main objective of this program is to raise awareness for disaster preparedness among students, teachers, and community members through learning experiences and sharing knowledge and culture. The Japanese visitors met and interacted with their counterparts at the public schools in Kathmandu Valley. The team performed various activities in different government schools of Kathmandu where the SESP is being implemented. The activities included:

Eloquence contest: Interschool Eloquence Contest was organized on 21 August 2007 jointly by Action Aid Nepal, Maiko High School and NSET on “Earthquake Preparedness in My School”. The participants came from schools where the SESP is underway. Ten students from 10 schools took part in the contest.

Exchange of Culture Box: Knowing each other’s culture is absolutely vital for promoting international mutual co-operation in any field and hence it was also a part of the earthquake safety and disaster risk orientation. The “Culture Box” is a symbolic representation of the culture of a country. Exchanging the boxes therefore helps expand the understanding of different cultures. The Culture Box exchange took place on 23 August 2007. Besides, students from Maiko High School from Kobe, Japan, and from Balbikas Secondary School, Alapot, also performed in a cultural program.

Disaster education program: The SIDE team from Kobe, Japan, organized a short training and awareness program for students of Balbikas Secondary School, Alapot, and Shree Krishna Higher Secondary School, Dhapakhel, on 24 and 27 August. Around 50 students from grade eight to ten from each school participated in the training program. The topics covered disaster mitigation and the curriculum on disaster studies, piloted by the Maiko High School of Kobe, Japan

 
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