Dene Magna School students from England visit Okinawa
June 29, 2016 Ryukyu Shimpo
A reception ceremony was held for seven students and two teachers from Dene Magna School in England at Chatan Nirai Center in the Kuwae district of Chatan on June 25. They visited Okinawa as part of an exchange project between Chatan and the United Kingdom. About 40 host family members took part in the event, deepening the exchange. The students are scheduled to stay in Okinawa until June 30, visiting tourist spots such as Shurijo Castle. They will also attend classes in local schools to learn tea ceremony and eisa dance.
The project started in the wake of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair’s visit to Chatan during the Okinawa summit held in 2001. This is the third time the project has been carried out. The history of the relationship between Chatan and the United Kingdom goes back an incident in which sailors aboard the British ship Indian Oak were shipwrecked off the coast of Chatan and cared for by local people in 1840. Will Collard from Dene Magna School will be hosted by Seishu Gishi from Chatan Junior high School. Gishi said, “I feel nervous. I will enjoy the time and want to bring him to a sushi restaurant.” Collard said that he was excited.
Chatan Mayor Masaharu Noguni said, “I would like British students to exchange with Chatan students and learn the history and culture of the town.” Chatan school superintendent Keiichi Kawakami delivered a speech in English, telling foreigners to have the great time.
(English translation by T&CT)
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