Commemorative Event of the 55th Foundation Anniversary "Meguro UNESCO Action Award Ceremony"

Sponsored by NPO Meguro UNESCO Association
Feb. 13 (Sat.), 2010 12:00- / Restaurant of Meguro City Office Complex / 140 attendees
Fifty-five years have passed since Meguro UNESCO Association was founded. Looking back on its history, we realize that the association has developed various activities deep-rooted in the local community. We now hope to further strengthen our ties with the community, and to have children, the next generation, inherit the UNESCO spirit. In order to give a concrete shape to our desire, we have set up the Meguro UNESCO Action Award. At first we had some concerns about how many groups would apply for the award because the application period was short. Fortunately, however, we received applications from 13 groups (from 12 schools). We were surprised to find that all those schools were engaged in wonderful activities, and were especially impressed by their steady efforts over the years.
We asked six intellectuals including the Superintendent of Meguro Board of Education to serve as judges for the Meguro UNESCO Action Award. Two schools (Meguro Municipal Midorigaoka Elementary School and Meguro Municipal Dainana Junior High School) were chosen for the award in the category of ‘environmental protection’, and two other schools (Meguro Municipal Mukaihara Elementary School and Tokyo Metropolitan Kokusai High School) in the category of ‘peace, international exchange, and cultural activities’.
Those representing the four award-winning schools received a certificate of merit and a commemorative gift at the award ceremony held at the Meguro City Office Complex on February 13.
By setting up this action award, we have come to recognize a very wide range of activities conducted by elementary, junior high and senior high school students in Meguro. We expect them to continue to work actively for the promotion of culture in the community, international exchanges, and environmental protection, in accordance with the UNESCO spirit to “construct the defenses of peace in the minds of men." We would like to express our gratitude to many people who kindly helped us with this award project.
     -written by Masako Miyashita and translated by Michiko Miyamoto

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