May 6, 2016
Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office, with the students and teacher of DPS, Greater Noida
Greater Noida, May 6th, 2016: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) along with Delhi Public School (DPS), Greater Noida organized a two-day language camp starting today, which included participation of students in various activities showcasing Japanese culture. The camp observed participation of nine schools across Delhi NCR, including DPS Greater Noida, Bluebells International School, St. Mary's School, DPS Noida, DPS Dwarka, DPS Sonepat, DPS International, Arwachin International and Muni International School.
The activities undertaken in the camp are calligraphy, Japanese toy making, noodle making, Japanese folktale enactment, Kimono trying out, quizzing and movie shows. The program was attended by Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office as the Guest of Honour on the occasion.
Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India said, "JICA undertakes various development assistance schemes to meet diverse needs of emerging countries and such educational and cultural camps are one of such initiatives. Through these camps, we aim to contribute to the holistic development of young children of India and mutual understanding among them which is essential for sustainable socio-economic development in this interdependent world."
The objective of the program is to encourage students in the study of the Japanese language and deepen their knowledge of Japanese culture for seeking the above mentioned contributions. The event was organized by Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV), which is one of the major programs of JICA, in collaboration with DPS Greater Noida, where one JOCV member is deployed, focusing on the sharing of knowledge and experience through a wider range of local activities by Japanese volunteers.
The camp witnessed participation from more than 100 students and teachers across the Delhi NCR. The students were enthusiastic about the camp and got the opportunity to explore and learn from the diverse culture of Japan.
Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV), one of the major programs of the JICA, support a wider range of local activities by Japanese citizens who wish to cooperate in the economic and social development. Through these cooperation activities, participating volunteers can not only contribute to development of the partner countries but also gain valuable experience in terms of international goodwill, mutual understanding and an expansion in their international perspective.
In India, volunteers have been dispatched in the fields of education, health, agriculture, community development, sports, and so on. Recognizing the importance of further promoting technical cooperation through people-to-people exchange, and acknowledgement of two countries' prime ministers, JOCV has been expanding to include broader activities.
Established, by a specific law, as an independent administrative institution under the Government of Japan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) aims to contribute to the promotion of international cooperation. JICA works as a bridge between Japan and emerging countries, and provides assistance in forms of loan, grant and technical cooperation so that the emerging countries can strengthen their capabilities.