The 2019 One World Festival for Youth was held at Osaka YMCA located in a town called Tosabori on Sunday, December 15th. From KUFS, six groups from our Global Engagement Society set up their own booth.
The event was aimed to foster future talent to find solutions regarding various social issues. This time round, the event was themed, “Our visions of sustainable societies” and was comprised of lectures, workshops, and over 50 booths by high school students, university students, and organizations of international cooperation, each presenting the causes and solutions of global issues.
The six groups from KUFS that set up their booth have analyzed the causes of issues by actually visiting the site as much as possible. They suggested their solution based on the information that they had gathered onsite and unique perspectives rooted in their experiences. Over 200 people visited their booth, which was far more than the number of visitors last year.
Furthermore, in their “Let’s take a polaroid with international students dressed in kimonos” event, KUFS’s international students engaged in English conversations with high school students. As they waited for the picture to come out, they talked with hand gestures about where they’re from and what inspired them to learn Japanese. The opportunity seemed to motivate them to improve their language skills.
The “greatness” of language that connects people and cultures, and the buildup of each one of us thinking and acting, are necessary to realize the Sustainable Development Goals’ mission of “No one will be left behind.” That was the message behind this event, touching the hearts of many young people.