From Classroom to Action: Disaster Relief in Japan

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Jennifer Louise Teeter, Kyoto Sangyo University

In this paper I review theories of global citizenship education and suggest ways to put global citizenship education into practice. I emphasize the importance of incorporating locally relevant material into courses at the tertiary level and having students make connections between the local and the global. Specifically, I discuss how tertiary level educators can engender locally and globally minded students who contribute to society when calamity strikes. After detailing how foreign language university instructors can incorporate learning-rich disaster-related content into their classes through news articles, online videos, adaptation of required textbooks, and guest speakers, I introduce a group formed by students who took these classes, which focused on disaster relief, volunteering for the Great East Japan Earthquake, and future disaster preparedness at home and abroad.