Recent Projects Facilitated by NZJEP:
IBBY International Congress
In 2016, the IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) International Congress was one of the beneficiaries of the NZJEP. For the first time, their biennial congress was held in New Zealand that year. The funding received was contributing towards travel costs for author Nahoko Uehashi. Nahoko Uehashi, who is the winner of the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Author Award, was one of the feature speakers. The organisers were very thankful to the funding received through NZJEP as Nahoko gave “a moving and most interesting contribution to a panel on Cultural Diversity in Children’s Literature.”
Pacific Skin is an intercultural festival of media and dance performances featuring international and local professional dancers, choreographers, poets/performers, digital artists and postgraduate students from AUT. It forges a connection between New Zealand and contemporary dancers from the east coast of Japan through the performances which explore the interconnectivity of cultures and shared values of people from the Pacific region. Read more about the project here.
Environmental and ecological sustainability survey
Principal Simon Green from North Loburn school in North Canterbury travelled to Osaka to compare learning of sustainability in schools in New Zealand and Japan. Read more about his trip in the Education Gazette's article here.
Haiku and Shodo competitions
Learners of the Japanese language to express their thoughts and feelings in a Japanese Haiku poem and to experience the traditional Japanese art of calligraphy.View a display of Haiku entries here.
The set-up and launch of a tertiary Japanese teaching network, JSANZ, to address the need for communication and collaboration between such teachers with the aim of haltng the decline in numbers of students studying Japanese, improving articulation among primary, secondary and tertiary providers and advocating for greater recognition of the value of language learning (in particular Japanese).
A two-piece live electronic band from Palmerston North toured Japan in 2014 to promote their music.
O-Taiko Japanese Drumming Experience
A Japanese drumming ensemble from Dunedin received funding to extend their project educating primary school children about Japanese culture through the art of taiko. This was done through performances and workshops.
Japanese Teacher Professional Development
A project set up by AUT to provide professional development for Japanese language teachers in the wider Auckland area to develop a further awareness of, and confidence in teaching of Intercultural Competence.