Mt.Fuji’s Induction into the World Heritage Program
On June 22, 2013, Mt. Fuji was named a World Heritage site. Using UNESCO’s founding principles as a guide, or students continually participate in activities that aim to preserve the culture and environment around the mountain.
Mr. Sadaharu Koike, a member of the municipal assembly of Fuji City, and the head official of the Mt. Fuji Examination Committee was invited to give a lecture at our school on the history and present state of Mt. Fuji. In preparation of the talk, our students volunteered in a cleanup program in a nearby forest on Mt. Fuji to better understand the environmental challenges surrounding the site.
A member of the Fujinomiya City Hall was invited to give a lecture at our school. The talk centered on the activities Fujinomiya City and its citizens took part in to help Mt. Fuji become a World Heritage site. Also mentioned in the presentation were the features unique to the mountain, the local culture surrounding the area, and the issues facing its conservation.
Mt. Fuji Cleanup
Since 2011, our students have volunteered their time with the “Mt. Fuji Club” in cleanup activities on the mountain. This year we had teachers, students and members of the student council join in the cleanup. Through this project, we have collected over 300 kilograms of trash, and our students have learned firsthand the size of the trash problem and how much work still needs to be done.
Our students create a periodical newspaper to educate the members of the Seiryo community on the history and issues of World Heritage sites around the world. Through educating others, we hope our students will also reflect upon their own natural and cultural heritage and share it with the rest of the world.
Every year at our school’s Culture Festival, our students create a UNESCO Booth. The goal of this activity is to help members in our community understand the environmental projects we participate in and some of the ecological issues facing the local area and the world.
To further educate our student body and the community, our students create environmental awareness posters that are displayed in our school and at the Community Center in Fujinomiya City Hall.
Using native “goya” and cucumber plants, we create a “green wall” of vines in the summer months to help shield the school from heat and UV exposure from the sun. Through this activity, our students learn that nature can be a low-cost, effective, and environmentally-friendly means to comfortable living.
Culture Exchange with Schools Overseas
We have an active international exchange program with our sister school in Brisbane, Australia. Through homestays and communication projects, students from both schools are given a chance to experience and learn about different cultures and languages.