(KPL) Thirty-one Lao students and one supervisor departed Wattay International Airport for Japan to participate in one of two exchange programmes, the Japanese Culture Exchange or the Youth Leader Exchange programmes, under the framework of JENESYS 2018 which is supported by the Japanese Government. These two groups will stay in Japan from 16 to 26 March 2019.
The Japanese Culture Exchange programme aims to enhance the understanding of Japanese traditional and contemporary culture.
The twenty-one Lao students selected to participate in this programme were chosen from nearly 300 applicants, by a selection committee comprising representatives of the Ministry of Education and Sports and the Embassy of Japan in the Lao PDR. Besides visiting historic landmarks and facilities, they will also experience a homestay and a school-exchange programme to deepen mutual understanding between Lao and Japan.
The Youth Leader Exchange programme aims to develop the leadership skills of the younger generation, from ASEAN countries and Timor-Leste, enabling them to play key future roles in problem solving and crisis resolution, not only within the ASEAN region but also between Japan and ASEAN, by utilising Japan’s experiences and technologies.
Ten of the most outstanding Lao students, from Souphanouvong University, Champasak University and The National University of Laos, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Sports, were nominated for the programme.
These students, together with students from other countries will be divided into four groups: Food and Tourism; Disaster Prevention Technology; History and Environment of Manufacturing; and Protecting Historical Heritage, to discuss group themes at workshops.
JENESYS is a people-to-people exchange program between Japan and the Asia-Pacific region, which began in 2007. The Japanese Government has invited more than 150 Lao youth to visit Japan during this current fiscal year.
Source: Lao News Agency