8月24日(土)午後2時から、本校のICTルームにおいて「それぞれのウガンダ支援 ~ 樟蔭中高の取組みとFNSチャリティキャンペーン現地取材報告 ~」というタイトルで講演会を実施しました。
 ウガンダの女性の約45%が児童婚であること、HIVエイズの産まれながらの感染という大変重い内容でしたが、会場にいる全員が集中して聞き入り、現実のものとして受け止めていました。 この講演会の様子は当日の夕刻に関西テレビのニュースで流れていましたが、会場の雰囲気がよく伝わってくる映像となっていました。

校 長  楠野 宣孝

【English version】”Joint Planning with Fuji Telecasting Corporation”

 On Saturday August 24th, a lecture was given in our school’s ICT room under the title “Supporting Uganda in various ways – Two approaches that Shoin Junior & Senior High School have been trying to take and local reports on the FNS charity campaign.”
 This event was carried out as a joint project and part of Shoin’s two-year “Uganda Project” along with the “FNS Charity Campaign” that is part of Fuji Telecasting Corporation’s campaign focusing on the Republic of Uganda this year.
 The moderator was Mr. Yuzuru Okayasu, an announcer at Kansai Telecasting Corporation who is actively involved in various fields. In addition, Ms. Sayaka Morimoto, also an announcer at Fuji Telecasting Corporation, and who actually visited Uganda for 17 days, reported on this event on local TV. I thought anew that both of them were extremely professional in what they did and were perfect in all aspects, such as their way of speaking, interviewing style, and general posture.
 Over 60 participants gathered for this event, about half of them were our students, with the other half being parents and guests invited by Kansai TV. Although the event was conducted in a very gentle atmosphere, Ms. Morimoto’s lecture frequently touched upon the harsh realities of life in Uganda.
 The first half was a presentation about the “Uganda Project” by our junior and senior high school students. Three students gave thoughtful and detailed explanations using presentation slides they had made themselves. All three appeared to be a little nervous, however they were able to make their presentation with confidence.
 I had previously watched Ms. Morimoto’s interview reports on TV, but when I was listening to her talk enthusiastically and watching her actually showing photos and movies, the contents of her speech seemed so much more realistic and serious.
 About 45% of women in Uganda are forced to get married in their early teens, and many children are infected with HIV before being born. The event was broadcast on Kansai TV news later that evening, and the atmosphere was well conveyed.
 Later, I received an email from Kansai TV with comments from the announcers and staff. These included “I was impressed with the students’ gentle but serious gaze”, and “I was touched by the purity of the students.” The students’ polite postures and passionate attitudes were normal for us teachers, but I was very happy to hear them praised from the outside regarding these merits. In our school, student participation in organized volunteer activities has been increasing since the start of the school year. Furthermore, this lecture has undoubtedly served to strengthen the intentions of the students leading these activities. I sincerely hope that the scope of their activities will spread more widely in the near future.

Principal Nobutaka Kusuno