Hong Kong Geopark School Visits Japanese UNESCO Global Geoparks
As part of this year’s Asia Pacific Geoparks Network (APGN) Exchange Programme, developed during “APGN Exchange Week”, held at the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark from 14 to 20 December 2016, a student exchange programme, co-organized by Hong Kong, Oki Islands and San’in Kaigan UNESCO Global Geoparks, concluded successfully on 22 March 2017.
Thanks to the co-ordination and efforts of the three geoparks, around 30 students from a Hong Kong Geopark School visited San’in Kaigan and Oki UNESCO Global Geoparks from 19 to 22 March, enjoying a unique opportunity to explore the geology, nature and cultural history of Japan.
During the tour, the participating students had the opportunity to exchange with local students and share about their own regions. These exchange sessions fostered active dialogue on issues such as geo-tourism, nature conservation and their effect on communities, as well as cultural differences between Hong Kong and Japan.
“For our young people, the APGN offers an excellent platform for learning about each other and cultural exchange. By working alongside our partners in Japan and sharing their stories after joining the student-exchange programme, the students learn more about themselves, other cultures, and the natural world around them,” a spokesman from Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark said.
“It was encouraging to see so many students benefit from the APGN Student-Exchange Programme,” said Ms Lancy Tam, headmistress of a Hong Kong Geopark School. “The visits and exchange among students on both sides reinforced the personal contact and earth science curriculum of the Geopark School”.
The Oki Islands UNESCO Global Geopark Promotion Committee is looking forward to further developing this exchange program as well as deepening relationships among geoparks in the Asia Pacific Geoparks Network (APGN) and the Global Geoparks Network (GGN) as a whole.