The Embassy of Japan is pleased to announce this year’s Youth Ambassadors from Palau to attend the High School Students Summit on “World Tsunami Awareness Day” 2018 in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan from October 27 to November 2, 2018.
Since 2016, one high school in Palau is provided the opportunity to participate in the event every year, which coincides with the World Tsunami Awareness Day on November 5th. This year, five students from Palau Mission Academy, Moded Surangel, Ngelmau Polloi, Mesiich Ngiramolau, Ailan Flowers, Zachery Whipps and one teacher, Mrs. Joy Whipps, will attend the summit.
During the summit, approximately three hundred high school students from 48 countries and one hundred fifty Japanese students will share their ideas and lessons learned from past disasters. All participants will be divided into small groups to engage in discussions related to this year’s theme, which is “To protect people’s lives from disasters, let’s learn together the spirit of Hamaguchi Goryo”.
Wakayama Prefecture is the birthplace of Hamaguchi Goryo, a heroic figure of Wakayama, who is known for saving the lives of people in his village from the tsunami in November 5, 1854. The designation of November 5th as the World Tsunami Awareness Day derives from this anecdote.
Through the summit, students will gain knowledge and ideas on what they can do as students to reduce risks for disasters and learn the importance of precautionary measures that they can take to help people in their communities. The summit is also a chance for Youth Ambassadors from around the world to learn different cultures, build friendships and connections, where they can continue to share ideas and information even after returning to their countries. Furthermore, it is anticipated that the participants will grow as future leaders in the field of disaster risk management in their own countries. (PR)