Volgograd organizers of youth exchanges discussed new formats of cooperation with Japan


Volgograd organizers of youth exchanges discussed new formats of cooperation with Japan

From June 30 to July 1, 2022, a training seminar was held for the organizers of Russian-Japanese youth exchanges. Its program was organized by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science and MIREA - the Russian Technological University, which is designated the Coordinating Bureau of Russian-Japanese Youth Exchanges. Among the participants of the event, there were representatives of Volgograd – working with our Japanese sister-city Hiroshima.

The key topic of the seminar was the maintenance and the resuming of the contacts with Japanese partners. Its participants were young professionals from Russian schools, universities and professional colleges that are already doing youth and school exchanges with Japan or are interested in starting them – a total of 30 people representing 15 cities and regions.

On the first day of the seminar, its participants got an overview of the current situation in the field of Russian-Japanese youth cooperation, looked into the methods of crisis and stress management, and discussed the youth exchanges formats as adapted to the new conditions.

The second day's program was dedicated to the methods and tools for online youth exchanges, with lots of group work. The workshop culminated in the making of an action plan for further cooperation with Japanese partners and support for youth exchanges, developed by the participants.

As Denis Ashirov, Director of the State Youth Policy and Educational Activities Department of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science, said in his opening speech, "The development of international youth cooperation is one of the priority areas of Russian state youth policy, and Russian-Japanese youth exchanges have been its important component of over 20 years. In the long term, the state of Russian-Japanese relations will depend, among other things, on how the dialogue between the youth of our countries is carried out today. In the current situation, maintaining the existing partnerships is extremely important."

Russian-Japanese youth cooperation is carried out in accordance with the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Japan on the establishment of the Russian-Japanese commission on youth exchanges (of March 15, 1999).

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