For the presentation
The High School Student Team of The Simplest NAIIC had a workshop in Fukushima in August 2014, where the high school students listened to various people who faced the nuclear accident. Then they repeated discussions and preparations for the presentation. They told us about what they felt during the process and their aspirations for the presentation.
Activities: From the project kick-off to completion of the presentation works
At the workshop held in Fukushima in August 2014, we met with people of various positions who responded to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident and listened to what they experienced at that time. Following the workshop, we had many sessions and a lot of discussions of the presentation. At every session, we discovered differences in views, thoughts and the sense of values among the members. Through the discussions, we had many findings and our dialogs were deepened. Repeating this cycle is what finally led to completion of the presentation works.
Summary of the workshop [PDF]
What we thought of from the project
Through the dialog cycles, I fully realized that I am still far away from being prepared to face the nuclear disaster which happened in Fukushima. People in the affected area have been suffering for more than 3.5 years. Compared to that, what we have been thinking about for just a few months may be less meaningful.
As I have been involved in the 1st Step from Fukushima Project, I have thought about a lot of things. For example: How should we think of varying views of the nuclear accident? How sincere can we be with what was shared in August by people who experienced the nuclear disaster? What can we convey to Red Cross and Red Crescent people who come a long way to Fukushima from other countries? What messages will make our opinions meaningful to them? Since the project members are only Japanese, I also strongly realized the danger of depending too much on the Japanese values and the Japanese way of thinking.
What we found hard during the project
We have learned too many things during the project to digest at one time. At the same time, we felt a fear and conflict that: Are we really the right persons who can speak at the international conference, representing the Japanese people?
We discovered gaps in views, thoughts and the sense of values among the members. We also had many findings. Through the cycle of our dialogs getting deeper, each session became longer and longer as we moved toward the presentation day. We kept thinking about the best expressions to convey our thoughts. Without so many discussions, we could not formulate the presentation. Through this project we learned the importance of repeating dialogs.
Our aspirations for the presentation
We were given valuable opportunities of listening to the persons who first-handedly responded to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident and of sending our messages overseas. We cannot waste the opportunities. Therefore, we want to give a presentation that conveys our messages to the Red Cross and Red Crescent members coming from around the world to Fukushima: what we, high school students, felt during the project works; what we want the Red Cross and Red Crescent members to take from it. We are immature, unprepared and ignorant of the world. We are high school students. But we want to do our best about what only we can do now. If the thirty minutes we were given for the presentation would be of some help to improve the status of Fukushima and promote the nuclear disaster preparedness, that would be a great pleasure for us.
The video introduces the activity. (Duration: about 3 min.)
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