Had 23 Japanese students as part of the Kakehashi Project by Youth for Understanding

March 14, 2019 — Ashinaga USA recently had the opportunity to take part in an exchange event facilitated by Youth for Understanding, an international educational exchange organization in Washington DC. Staff presented on Ashinaga’s global efforts to participants including 23 Japanese students from Kanazawa University who were in the USA as part of the Kakehashi Project, a youth exchange program between Japan and North America.

Students spent their first few days in Washington DC sight-seeing and were particularly impressed by the Smithsonian National Air and Space museum, the World War II Memorial and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. For some students, it was their first time visiting the United States.

The event itself began with self-introductions. Kanazawa University students shared their majors at university which included Mechanical Engineering, Education, and International Relations. This diversity very much echoes the variety of majors represented by AAI scholars in the USA.

Ashinaga USA representatives presented on the background and history of Ashinaga in Japan, how and why Ashinaga started work in Sub-Saharan African countries through the AAI and took a closer look at Ashinaga’s programming here in the USA.

The event was a success thanks to the hard work of Youth for Understanding’s Mr. Patrick Hall, the engaged participation of the 23 students from Kanazawa University, and support from two accompanying professors. Ashinaga USA looks forward to staying in touch with both Youth for Understanding and the Kakehashi Project as we continue our mission to foster the next generation of young leaders in Africa.