President, Ochanomizu University
Ochanomizu University has signed comprehensive cooperation agreements with the Iwate-ken (Iwate Prefecture) Board of Education and other boards of education in prefectures, cities, towns, and villages stricken by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. The agreements aim to promote mutual collaboration on various recovery efforts and contribute to the development of young children, the rehabilitation of local communities, and growth in the area.
|Boards of education that have signed cooperation
agreements with Ochanomizu University
|Noda-mura, Yamada-machi, Miyako-shi, Iwate-ken||July 17, 2012|
|Iwate-ken||July 18, 2012|
|Otsuchi-cho, Iwate-ken||August 21, 2012|
|Kamaishi-shi, Iwate-ken||August 28, 2012|
|Ofunato-shi, Iwate-ken||August 29, 2012|
|Kesennuma-shi, Miyagi-ken Board of Education||November 16, 2012|
In November 2011, Ochanomizu University assembled a Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster Area Support Project Team and established its Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami disaster area support policies.
Based on these policies and investigations into disaster area needs conducted in advance with the Iwate-ken Board of Education, Ochanomizu University focused on developing a Science & Education Center that would drive efforts to provide science education support to elementary and middle schools damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.
In hopes of further enhancing and invigorating these support activities, Ochanomizu University and the Iwate-ken Board of Education signed a comprehensive cooperation agreement to govern and promote recovery efforts.
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A science classroom at the temporary middle school in Otsuchi-cho, Iwate-ken
Students conduct science experiments with gas burners from Ochanomizu University
At the temporary elementary school in Otsuchi-cho, Iwate-ken (November 28, 2011)
Science teacher training
Themes: The sun and the moon, the movements of the stars, and the generation and storage of electricity
(Training materials sent in advance via an express delivery service)
In Yamada-machi, Iwate-ken (November 29, 2011)
Funakoshi Elementary School, devastated by the disaster, is currently renting out the Prefectural Rikuchu Kaigan Youth Recreation Hall
Science support materials from Ochanomizu University fill some of the limited available space (hallways)
Science teacher training at the temporary Funakoshi Elementary School site in Yamada-machi, Iwate-ken (November 29, 2011)
The training session drew 15 participants, with people from other elementary schools in Yamada-machi joining on the day of the event
Training themes: Flowing water and the sun and the moon
The temporary Funakoshi Elementary School in Yamada-machi currently occupies the Rikuchu Kaigan Youth Recreation Hall, which lacks proper science classrooms; on the day of the session, participants gathered and trained in one of the facility's conference rooms
Ochanomizu University developed experimental content that did not require a science classroom
Participating teachers learn about the "flowing water" experiment
Development efforts have created online teacher training methods (using iPad FaceTime), which went into operation in November 2011
With an iPad hooked up to speakers and an LCD projector, teachers take classes using a monitor and full sound system
During the 2011 and 2012 academic years, Ochanomizu University accepted submissions for "studies/research projects related to emergency support activities and earthquake disaster reconstruction in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami." The university selected eight project submissions in 2011 and 10 in 2012.
To help fulfill its social roles, the university is currently taking active steps to conduct studies and research on emergency reconstruction and disaster prevention initiatives designed to keep people safe and secure during and after disasters. These efforts cover a broad range of activities, including actual reconstruction support for disaster areas as well as psychological, physical, material, and environmental support.
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