University Consortium Okinawa to support learning of children in poverty

University Consortium Okinawa to support learning of children in poverty

On April 14 at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology in Onna Village, director of the University Consortium Okinawa Eiki Senaha (right) and deputy director Hajime Oshiro announced the establishment of a “Student Volunteer Center for Children.”


April 15, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 14, the University Consortium Okinawa, which consists of eleven higher education institutions including public and private colleges and universities, held a press conference at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) in Onna Village. They announced the establishment of a “Student Volunteer Center for Children” that sends students out to support the learning and daily life of children in households suffering from financial difficulty. The head office will be located at the University of the Ryukyus.

The center will arrange for volunteer college students to support children in their learning and art activities at the Children’s Dining and Learning-Support Schools in Okinawa. The Consortium is still to discuss and decide on volunteer partners, volunteer training, and the number of volunteer students. The center aims to go into full-scale operation from May.

The center will use subsidies from the Okinawa Child Poverty Countermeasure Projects set up by the Cabinet Office. The University Consortium Okinawa, which received a government commission for the initiative, will manage the project.

Director of the Consortium Eiki Senaha said, “This is the first attempt (at such a project). We will set out first and then discuss details gradually.”

Cabinet Councilor Masahiko Furuya said, “To keep students engaged in volunteering, it is important to ask private companies for financial help and a secure paid-in assistant system. We would like to see that happen in the future.”

(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)  

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