On the fourth day of Toba Global Summit, "Machizukuri Summit" was held, in which volunteer students of the first and second year took part. This event was about thinking of the question: "what can we do for better renovation of local community with increasing number of people from overseas trying to settle in Kyoto?" In the prior learning session held on June 22 (Sa), the participating students set their goals of their research based on one of the 17 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), which is Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, which states that "there needs to be a future in which cities provide opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more." Today 17 foreign university students and graduate students studying in Kyoto joined us as teaching assistants, and they gave us new insights into the issues from the viewpoint of resident foreigners, such as the disposal of waste and access to medical institution. With the contributing assistance of teaching assistants, Toba students were able to deepen their discussion on how revitalization of local community should be like in English.
One of the students said, "I realized that there are many ways of looking at Kyoto through interaction with foreign university students," and another said, "It was difficult to express what I really want to say in English." Judging form what the Toba students said, it seemed that they enjoyed this event while they learned something new. We hope that they were inspired by the new perspectives they obtained through this exchange program, so that they will continue trying to deepen their knowledge in their daily learning.