Izumisano Cross-cultural Association (ica), a privately run volunteer NGO, is a fun place to gather and meet people from all over the world. At ica we learn various skills and discuss various topics in a casual setting.
ica members Chow Kang (China), Mr. Emmanuel (Uganda), and Mr. Tommy (Germany) were welcomed as guests. They talked about their countries, work, and life in Japan. Education was also discussed, as there were six participants from Osaka University of Tourism who would like to work in education in the future.
Tommy’s introduction to the German education system
Tuition is free from kindergarten to university.
When students enter junior high school, the path which students can take is divided into a higher education course and a standard course. There are no exams, but rather a discussion between the student, parents and teachers to decide which school to enter.
There is also a system for students who have completed their junior high school education and are still thinking about what path they want to take next. They can attend school while being involved in the military or nursing care for one year while they decide their next path.
There are no levels at university, it is what you learn that counts.
BMW and Audi have universities that allow students to study while working.
ica welcomed four guests from Sri Lanka including Kabidu, Samadhi, Champika and Anuradha. The topics of the day at Café Talk were Sri Lankan culture, food, folk costumes, festivals, as well as life in Japan.
Words from a guest of Café Talk
This event was a lot of fun. And I would like to participate in more ica events in the future. As a student of Japanese at ica, this kind of event is very meaningful for me as a way to learn the language and also to meet new people and understand cultures. I am grateful for the opportunity to talk about my country, Sri Lanka. ~Anuradha, ica Japanese student
Monday, November 23 Osaka Prefectural Izumisano Hilly Parkland
The coronavirus continues to limit many activities. However, ica was finally able to hold an outdoor event, making sure to take necessary precautions against infection. Surrounded by beautiful weather and the crisp autumn air, a total of 58 people (including 14 foreigners) gathered for a lively walk and talk.
Café Talk is a gathering where guests are free to talk about whatever they’d like to. Inevitably, ica members and ica foreign guests discuss various topics. The guests this time were ica members, Safi from Malaysia and Yong from Ghana. The topics of conversation this time revolved around their countries and their experiences in Japan.
Words from the Guests
Cafe Talk was interesting and I’m really glad I participated. I was glad that the participants were not only interested in Malaysia but also in me as a person. (Safi)
Words from the participants
I found it interesting that Yong and Safi were both working hard in Japan. (K)
Yong from Ghana has big dreams and I’m cheering for him. (M)
I learned a little about Islam in Malaysia. (M)
Both guests said that teaching English at school is fun. However, they also said that there were difficult times (I)
Both Young and Safi were nice young men. (M)
I was impressed with the story about getting a driver’s license after Yong had arrived in Okinawa, Japan. The driver’s license study material was translated into English by the family, then diligently studied. Finally, with a family interpreter and a supervisor nearby, Yong took the driver’s license test. To this day that study material has great importance. It’s full of memories for Yong and the family. (T)
Would you like to chat with people from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, China and South Korea? Here’s your chance. Gatherings will take place Wednesday, July 15, Thursday, August 20th, and Thursday, September 17 at Shappy House. For more information see the notice below or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.