Participation by 55 teens from both countries in 10 teams from October 15 through November 12
Daegu-Hiroshima International Youth Exchange 2022, which was hosted by Daegu Metropolitan City (DMC) and supervised by Daegu UNESCO Association of Korea, was held from October 15 (Sat) through November 12 (Sat) through an online platform.
Outcome presentation session for Daegu-Hiroshima International Youth Exchange 2022
DMC Youth Exchanges in Overseas Sister and Friendship Cities is a program begun in 2002 which aims to enhance Korean teens’ understanding of other cultures and build their global capabilities. For the past 20 years, exchanges were held through bilateral invitations/visits to three cities (Hiroshima, Kobe, Ningbo). From 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and difficulty in obtaining visas, the program has been conducted virtually only with Hiroshima.
This year’s program was participated in by 55 teens (five teams from each country) and conducted over four sessions: pre-training (Oct. 15), online discussion (Oct. 30, Nov. 5) and an outcome presentation session (Nov. 12).
One of the most meaningful accomplishments was the reading of a joint statement reflecting participants’ commitment and willingness to make substantive efforts for a sustainable world based on a discussion on five topics (environment, water, peace, culture, dreams). There was also a cultural exchange comprised of a K-pop cover dance by Uptempo (dance club at Keisung High School) and calligraphy performance by students of Hiroshima Municipal Misuzugaoka High School’s calligraphy club.
Director Ahn Jung-gon of DMC’s Youth and Women’s Education Division said, “This year’s exchange program was very meaningful because it went beyond socializing. It was wonderful to see students from Korea and Japan having discussions on the environment, world peace and other issues of global importance and drawing up a joint statement that they have every intention of actually carrying out. I hope this was an opportunity for all participants to gain the background necessary to become leaders of a sustainable future.”