The Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition has launched an educational program in October 2020 at elementary and junior high schools in Osaka Prefecture.
This program is designed to encourage children, who will forge the future of our society, to participate in initiatives leading up to EXPO 2025 Osaka, Kansai at this stage, five years prior to its opening. It also focuses on them learning about the SDGs, discovering challenges facing the community or society on their own initiative, pondering how to solve these challenges in order to create an ideal future, and bringing forward ideas for “Designing Future Society for Our Lives”, the theme of the Expo. The program also aims to promote greater interest among children in the Expo through such experience so as to motivate them to visit the Expo venue in 2025.
Under this program, teachers at the participating elementary and junior high schools in Osaka Prefecture will give classes featuring the Expo and SDGs based on dedicated teaching materials, edited by the Association. Spending about ten hours out of the periods for comprehensive learning, the classes aim to deepen children’s understanding about these subjects.
In addition, Ideas Meetings are scheduled for November-December this year, when companies working on the SDGs will be invited to make a presentation on their activities and interact with students, such as exchanging views about ideas proposed by the students. From February-March 2021, students will present the results of their learning gained through the classes or other sources at “Junior EXPO”.
October 2020: Starts conducting dedicated classes (Elementary/Junior high schools)
November-December 2020: Idea Meetings (Junior high schools)
Companies working on the SDGs will be invited to make a presentation on their activities and interact with students, such as exchanging views about ideas proposed by the students.
February 2021: Junior EXPO – Oral presentations (Junior high schools)
Groups representing respective schools will gather to present ideas they have come up with as a wrap-up of their learning. The presentations will receive assessments and comments from experts.
March 2021: Junior EXPO – Poster presentations (Elementary schools)
Students in groups will produce posters entitled “Ideas for Every One of Our Lives” as a wrap-up of their learning. The posters will be displayed in libraries and other public facilities, aiming for a wider audience, including each community.
Public Relations Department, Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition