Vermont High School Students Host Peers from Japan
The One-World Library Project will host a free program about the environmental exchange program Green Across the Pacific (GATP) on Thursday, November 29, at 7:00 p.m. at the Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol. The presentation, led by GATP Executive Director Peter Lynch, will center on cultural interactions between students from several Vermont High Schools, including Mt. Abraham Union High School in Bristol and Tottori Prefecture, Japan. A slideshow of images from recent exchanges in Vermont will be followed by a student-centered discussion about their perception of Japanese culture through their experience as hosts and project partners working on a study of Food and Food Systems.
Students from Mt. Abraham Union High School have hosted Japanese students from TottoriPrefecture four times in recent years for one-week exchanges centered on Environmental Leadership. Recently, these exchanges have focused on Food and Food Systems. Fifteen Japanese students visited Vermont just last October. Eight students were hosted by Mt. Abe and seven by Burlington High School. Japanese students spent two days shadowing their hosts in each high school, one day touring Middlebury College and the University of Vermont, and two days in the field with their Vermont peers. Activities during exchanges have included visits toMontpelier, tours of the Student Gardens at Middlebury College, Middlebury Natural Food Coop, Champlain Orchards and Millborne Farms, a day with Sue Morse at Keeping Track in Jericho, and a visit to Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area where they learned about wild sources of protein from Fish and Wildlife biologists.
Comparable to Vermont in many ways, Tottori is a small and relatively rural prefecture in westernJapan facing north to the Sea of Japan. Tottori City, the largest in the prefecture, has a population of 196,000, and the prefectural population is 585,000. Like Vermont in the United States, Tottori regards itself as a leader in environmental stewardship in Japan.
Governors Douglas of Vermont, and Hirai of Tottori, initiated a friendship agreement between the two regions in June 2008. Developing this youth exchange represents part of a larger effort to improve cultural and economic relations between Vermont and Tottori to our mutual benefit.
GATP is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to improve cultural and environmental awareness and cooperation around the world. The organization conducts exchange and apprenticeship programs that function to establish an international community of learners. You can learn more at www.gatp.org.
The One-World Library Project is a “world library within a library” with a collection of books, films, and other media about world cultures. OWLP items are available for community members to check out at the Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol. The One-World Library Project also hosts regular programs at the library on the various fascinating cultures that fill our planet. For more information about the One-World Library Project go to www.oneworldlibraryproject.org, check out our Facebook page at One World Library Project, or call 453-4147.
The Lawrence Memorial Library, which hosts the One-World Library Project, is located at 40 North Street in Bristol and has a full listing of items in the One-World Library in their online catalog, www.lawrencelibrary.net.