RIJ Schools Program
"When I was a year 6 student, my friends and I organised a meeting with you to discuss the plight of refugees and what we could do to help. I have recently been selected as one of ten delegates to represent my state at the United Nations Youth National Conference. I was selected because of my passion for human rights in particular for refugees and asylum seekers. I would just like to say thank you for all of your help those many years ago because doing that fundraiser and talking to you about refugees was the start of my passion and without it I may not have been given this amazing opportunity. Thank you very much for taking me seriously as an 11 year old and helping to encourage my passion for helping others. (Bree Marlay, ex ASIJ student)
Student Fund-Raising and Awareness Raising Activities
RIJ encourages students to play an active role in supporting projects that provide opportunities for those displaced by conflict around the world by leading fundraising and awareness-raising for refugee issues in their schools and communities.
By joining or forming an RIJ student group, you’ll:
- Effectively assist refugees in need by fundraising for and working with an experienced Japanese NPO;
- Develop the skills of “global citizenship”, including leadership, teamwork and organisational ability, and other skills valuable in your study life and future careers;
- Meet passionate, like-minded other students from schools across the Kanto area.
If you’re interested in starting a RIJ Schools group in your school or for more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Schools are Doing
The many RIJ student groups around Tokyo lead a variety of activities and events per year, including:
- To mark World Refugee Day 2016, students from The American School in Japan held a Refugee Awareness Day where they ran activities for other students and sold bubble tea to raise money for the project Supporting Amity with Art in Turkey
- St Mary’s International School student volunteers recently raised over ¥70,000 collecting donations at their school carnival on May 14th;
- At Junten Middle and High School, students annually organise a Sponsored Run to raise money for RIJ projects.
Individual students also contribute to RIJ’s cause. To mark the 25th anniversary of the British School in Tokyo, BST student Freddie Bottril ran the Nakasendo Way with a group of friends. Through community sponsorship, he raised 43,000 yen to support less-fortunate refugee children.
Light up the Life of a Refugee Child
Every year, schools help plan and implement the “Light up the Life of a Refugee Child” event – in fact, in 2011 the whole event was organized and carried out by dedicated volunteer students. In 2014 the event changed to a concert which was an amazing success with 200 children from St. Mary’s International School, the British School in Tokyo, Junten Middle and High School and Seisen International School displaying their incredible talent. Students from the International School of the Sacred Heart raised funds in the foyer selling beautiful self-made ceramics.
“The next Concert will be held on 10th November 2016 at St Mary’s International School. To find out more information closer to the event, click here
We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the students and teachers who have supported us!
RIJ increases awareness about displacement through partnerships with international and Japanese schools in the Tokyo area. The RIJ Classrooms program consists of fun and interactive presentations and workshops conducted by RIJ students, interns and volunteers at your school. RIJ Classrooms take place as one time event, or as a sequence, depending on your school’s need.
Through creative activities such as role playing exercises and group discussions, RIJ Classrooms offers opportunities for students in Japan to learn about displacement, human rights and possibilities to support those affected by violent conflict. Finally, students implement their newly gained knowledge through fundraising activities in support of RIJ.
Several RIJ Classrooms took place at Junten High Schooland theInternational School of Sacred Heart, with very positive feedback from students and teachers: “Thank you very much for your interns’ workshop. The students were really excited and enjoyed it. I was most pleased to observe that many students came forward to express their own opinion. It was a great success and we are planning another two or three events at Junten with your interns” (Haruhiko Nakahara PhD, Junten School).
Storyboard animation made by ISSH students during RIJ Classrooms
RIJ Classrooms is not only an excellent way to broaden the students’ worldviews and understanding of current social issues but it can also be an eye-opening experience regarding their personal and professional future.
If you are interested in hosting an RIJ representative at your school or in receiving sample lesson plans, please contact email@example.com.