Japan Teachers' Union reaches out

Getting involved in development cooperation represents a key way for the Japan Teachers Union to express its core values as well as gain and retain younger members vital to union renewal

The Japan Teachers39 Union JTU is committed to two types of projects according to Fumiyo Fukuzawa Deputy Director of the JTU International Affairs Departmentnbsp nbsp The JTU supports two organisations - the Persatuan Guru Republik Indonesia PRGIIndonesia and the Myanmar Teachersrsquo Federation MTF - through the Education International EI Asia-Pacific officenbsp nbsp In addition the JTU helps schools in Myanmar for example building school facilities or supporting music education The union is also trying to raise funds to support non-government organisations in childrenrsquos education in Afghanistan India and Nepalnbspnbsp nbsp Gender issues are an important component of JTU activities says Fukuzawa with the union support girls in India contributing to their empowerment and self-sufficiency There is a special focus on ldquogirls living in remote villages in Nepal because they are particularly vulnerable to discriminationrdquo she notesnbsp nbsp Reasserting JTUrsquos valuesnbsp The JTU development cooperation work is grounded in the four JTU core values ie human rights peace environmental awareness and living together with others Fukuzawa adds ldquoThese values are universal and as a member of a universal community JTU would like to ensure via these activities that these values are achievednbsp nbsp ldquoWe are also particularly committed to EIrsquos development cooperation activities because we are currently chair of the EI Asia-Pacific Regional Committee we take it seriously and believe it is our responsibility to support other unions in Asian countriesrdquonbsp nbsp She also talks about geographical cultural or organisational financial management coordination and communication challenges in development cooperation work which partners from different countries must overcome to make their collaboration worknbspnbsp nbsp Uniting all generationsnbspnbsp The JTU is also engaged in mobilising it members ldquoknowing that they can make a difference in the worldrdquo says Fukuzawa ldquoBeing involved in EI development cooperation is also creating a new image for JTU which we can promote to the younger members and the teachersrdquo Her union will continue to try and attract younger activistsrsquo generations by showcasing the successful Myanmarrsquos project on music education in which many young JTU members are involvednbsp nbsp You can listen to the EI EdVoices podcast with JTUrsquos Fumiyo Fukuzawa here

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