Activities for Local Residents
Even some older residents of Oki are unaware of the value in the land right below their feet. Incredible geology and culture unique only to Oki exist in what to them is just everyday life.
Through lifelong learning initiatives, the geopark seeks to help older residents rediscover the value and appeal of the Oki Islands so that they can then in turn pass this knowledge on to the next generation.
The Oki Islands UNESCO Global Geopark holds educational meetings at the neighborhood councils and community centers. The geopark also holds workshops at many alumni clubs.
Oki Islands Global Geopark Basic Course (Goka Assembly Hall, December 8, 2013)
On December 8th we offered a basic course on the Oki Islands Global Geopark for residents at the Lifelong Learning Center in the Goka Area.
Head Office Section Chief Nakabayashi explained the certification process geoparks undergo and the Oki Island Geopark Strategic Committee’s Saito explained the value of geoparks to the around twenty participants.
After the indoor lecture, participants were guided outside by forestry instructor Professor Tanaka to observe and learn about Oki’s local plants.
Oki Islands Global Geopark Basic Course (Fuse Assembly Hall, October 27, 2013)
On October 27th we organized a presentation in Fuse to explain and spread awareness about geopark activities and the value of the geopark to residents.
Section Chief Nakabayashi and the Oki Island Geopark Strategic Committee’s Saito led the presentation. Section Chief Nakabayashi explained the certification process geoparks undergo and future action plans for the geopark. Saito taught about the value and appeal of the geopark through a classroom lecture followed by fieldwork.
Similar presentations was held every month at several locations in the islands.
Community Center and Neighborhood Council Initiatives
The Oki Islands UNESCO Global Geopark holds courses for neighborhood councils and volunteer groups.
(The Picture to the right was taken at the Dōzen Principles Club Meeting in June 2011)
During summer vacation, the local high school students collaborate with students from Shimane University and parents to conduct research about the Ōku area. They then present their findings to elementary and junior high school students.
Rediscovery of Ama Tour
With the sponsorship of the Ama Town Community Center, we conducted the “Rediscovery of Ama Tour” for local residents. Organizations from the neighboring island, Dōgo also participated.