[4th March 2013]

Teacher's Organization of Skill Sharing (TOSS) launches Kenyan Studies in their curriculum

Mr. Mukoyama (back row fifth from right) stood next to H.E. Amb. Benson Ogutu (back row sixth from right)

On 20th February, 2013 the Teacher's Organization of Skill Sharing of Japan, (TOSS) launched Kenyan Studies in their learning Curriculum. The occasion took place at the Embassy of the Republic of Kenya, and was accordingly graced by H.E. Amb. Benson Ogutu. The event was also attended by other Embassy Officials and at least twenty teachers from the Kanto regions.

TOSS is a research group of Japanese teachers under the stewardship of Mr. Yoichi Mukoyama. The aim of the organization is to build up teaching skills and methods for teachers and hold seminars, workshops and discussion circles to help evaluate various teaching practices. Currently over 10,000 teachers attend TOSS and there are about 615 TOSS Study groups in cities from Hokkaido to Okinawa.

TOSS' noble initiative is aimed at enlightening the Japanese students about Kenya and more so in honour of the Kenyan Golden Jubilee. The initiative will no doubt enhance the Japanese-Kenyan exchanges, and further strengthen the Friendship ties between the two countries.

This commendable initiative is also in line with the "Africa Learning Day" Project. This is an awareness programme spearheaded by UNICEF, to acquaint Japanese students on Africa in anticipation of the TICAD V in June 2013.

Discussion with TOSS members

from right; Mr. Yoichi Mukoyama, H.E. Amb. Benson Ogutu, and Ms. Eriko Mukoyama aka Anyango-san (the Kenya Goodwill Cultural Ambassador in Japan).

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