After country presentations, we then broke into small group discussions on 1) Activities with Japan, 2)
Disaster Relief Programs, 3) Education, 4) Environment, 5) Social media, and Post program activities. Japanese guests joined these group discussions . SWYAA USA was one of the facilitators for the Education group where we discussed the impact of politics on education and the need for quality education tailored to specific communities. We heard more details of the One Child Goes to School Project in Sri Lanka and Solomon Islands has just begun a similar project. The last activity for the day was the Exhibition of the countries that did not give presentations. You can see photos on Facebook of the SWYAA USA table. I did have official photos of previous delegations. There were many JPYs that knew people from previous SWY programs. As I mentioned before, I did give out several pocketbook copies of the United States Constitution as well as Hershey's Nuggets chocolate -- a BIG hit!
I then went out briefly with Mari Sudo (SWY17) and her daughter Rina for a brief coffee, but the force of jet lag was real. By the time I woke up (midnight), only Chamal from Sri Lanka and Adriano from SWYAA Brazil were awake, and we had a late night Cup O' Noodle from the nearby 7-Eleven. Day 2 we will be discussing motions from SWYAA International and the SWYAA International Joint Statement, as well as potential common activities across SWYAA countries (this conversation began yesterday). It is hard to believe that we just arrived. 3 DAYS left!