Leicestershire Young Ambassador Conference – Japan 2020
On Wednesday 3rd July, the Leicestershire Young Ambassadors Conference - Japan 2020 took place at Leicester University, involving a number of primary schools in Leicestershire. The event was organised by Fleckney, in collaboration with Little Bowden Primary School, The Japan Foundation, and the Japan Society, London. Its aim was to launch a project in primary schools leading up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Para-Olympic games. It was aimed at Year 5 pupils. The day introduced children to a variety of Japanese cultural activities, ranging from: soroban (maths), Taiko drumming, language, dance, origami, Japanese games, kanji master-class, calligraphy, Japanese clothing and Japanese poetry. The day began with an opening speech by Mr Toshinori Sano, 1st Secretary of Education and Sport at the Embassy of Japan. During the afternoon, the children listened to an inspirational talk by athlete, Nick Cummins and Para-Olympian athlete and current coach, Rob Tarr, both from Great Britain wheelchair rugby. 200 primary school children from a variety of schools took part in the day; many of these children will go on to be School Japan 2020 ambassadors next academic year. The event was covered by Japanese press, and a university affiliated photographer also captured the day.
It was an exciting experience and all the children seized the opportunity to try out different activities as well as to learn more about the fascinating country that Japan is. Tanoshikatta desu!