From January 2023, Seibo has been visiting KOEN Girls’ Junior ＆ Senior High School in Tokyo for an extra curriculum lesson. Through the activities of the nonprofit organization (NPO), we aim to provide insights into the world seen through new perspectives and international aspects. This is intended to create unique learning opportunities for the students in addition to their regular classes. We are conducting the classes according to the following flow:
①What kind of country is Malawi? Why are school meals important?
②What does social business look like?
③Support activities in Malawi by Malawian coffee in Japan.
④Let’s create a supporting project together with specific ideas!
During the course progression of ①-④,Seibo’s interns from USA who have come to learn about Japanese nonprofits and their marketing strategies have also joined. There were opportunities to introduce each intern’s home country. We feel that we have been able to provide opportunities for enjoyable experiences, promote international understandings, and offer opportunities for creative support activities and learning.
In Malawi, we learned that it is possible to provide one meal for one person at a cost of 15 yen. This fact made us realize the potential for significant supports from Japan. We also had the opportunity to learn about the local school meal scenes, the work of Japanese staff within the country, and the actual activities of Malawian staff, allowing us to understand the concrete form of support.
In some of the student projects, we set aside time to brainstorm unique designs for drip packs, incorporating the characteristics of their own school and the concept of supporting Malawi. Alongside interns from coffee-cultured America, including Starbucks, we were able to engage in enjoyable exploratory activities.
Furthermore, we had presentations from interns from Turkey, who introduced us to local sweet treats such as baklava and shared about their food culture. In Turkey, coffee, including Turkish coffee, is also famous. Some students even tasted baklava and brainstormed about pastries that would go well with coffee. It was a great cultural experience and provided an exciting stimulus for them.
If anyone who are interested in these kinds of international cultural understanding class or charity learning projects, please contact us from here!