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July 2020 SIETAR Kansai (Co-sponsored with Osaka JALT): The Sustainable Development Goals from Two Perspectives

Speakers: Liz Leigh (Osaka City University) & Kent Nakai (Osaka-fu, Suita city Aoyamadai junior high school, 2nd year)

Date:           July 25, 2020 (Saturday)                                  

Time:          14:00-17:00

Fee:  Free for all

Language: English (Q & A in English and Japanese)

ZOOM Online presentation *registration required*Contact: fujimotodonna@gmail.com to get the Zoom link; for any questions.

The Sustainable Development Goals from Two Perspectives

In 2015 the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) set 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and countries around the world have pledged to achieve them by the year 2030. These goals address social, economic and environmental issues, such as eliminating poverty and hunger, working for gender equality, supporting education for all, and protecting our planet. Two speakers will address sustainability.

Developing Education for Sustainable Development

This session will introduce two university-level advanced English courses which focused specifically on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The visit by the Director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in Osaka was especially effective in advancing student knowledge and raising the possibility of inviting more guest speakers in future. These courses will hopefully also inspire students to create and run a composting project on campus.

Liz Leigh is a graduate of Aberystwyth University in North Wales, and she has an M.Ed. in English Language Teaching (ELT) from Manchester University, UK. She first came to Japan in 1991, and she has taught in Tokushima prefecture in Shikoku, Oita city in Kyushu, and Taichung in Taiwan. She is currently teaching full time at Osaka City University. Her hobbies are scuba diving, hiking and swimming.

PET Bottle Eco Farming

Kent Nakai has participated in many robotics competitions: in 2018 he placed 1st in Osaka, 3rd in the Japan finals, and went on to the World Robot Olympiad competition in Thailand. In 2019 he won more awards and went on to the World Robot Olympiad in Hungary. When he was competing in Thailand, he first got the idea for his presentation today–on eco farming. For 10 days in the summer of 2019, Kent received training in Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations office in Geneva where he and other junior and senior high students visited different UN agencies and worked together in groups learning and making presentations on the SDGs. This experience helped Kent improve his work on eco farming, and in this session he will explain how his project is connected to the SDGs.

Kent Nakai is a 2nd-year junior high school student in Suita, Osaka. At age 10 he participated in several mathematics competitions, where he placed 4th and 2nd. In 2018 and 2019 he competed in many robotics tournaments where he received many awards, allowing him to travel to Thailand and Hungary. In 2019 he was selected by Innovator Project to be part of a youth program at the United Nations SDG Lab in Geneva along with a visit to Malmö, Sweden. A key concept he learned from this experience is: “There is no garbage in the world, everything can be a resource.” His main interest is in sustainable farming using robotics, and asked about his goal in life? “to improve the world and space environment in the future.”