Shibecha High School: education and global understanding

Friday 5th August, this afternoon, we visited Shibecha High School. I had the best time of the trip so far: we were welcomed so warmly and the feeling with the other students was really friendly and cheerful; it was a wonderful encounter. Obviously, there is no such a place in my country and the conditions of studying in this high school are outstanding. It seems that their environment provide all the equipment and program suitable to raise a well informed expertise on Kushiro wetland. However, I would like to balance my opinion on the actual knowledge of those students.

At dinner, we all discuss about what comes up from the discussion with the students. It appears that many of them prove to be quite not aware of the global challenges that face the Kushiro wetland. Most of the students did not have any insight on my Pace farming movement, the overfishing, the replacement of deciduous trees by larger trees, most of the students. Obviously, Human Ecology Rivers is a wonderful opportunity for us to meet a large amount of stakeholders and gain a holistic knowledge of the Kushiro wetland from various point of views. We cannot blame a resident for not having such a global outlook on the topic since, living here, he is involved in a specific activity and most likely to hold a view on the Kushiro Wetland according to its benefits for him. Hence, students of Shibesha school first gain their comprehension of the stakes in which they take part through their family education, that reflects parents’ profession. Moreover, within the highschool, students are divided between environmental protection, dairy products and international communication groups. Belonging to one of these groups highly influence the type of awareness that will prevail among the students. Still, this opinion is quite determinist and obviously, social interactions with other students and other social groups enable a person to broaden his perspectives.

The education provided by Schibesha highschool is definitely a model to enable future generation building a strong expertise on environmental challenges. However, academic education cannot substitute to other channels of information. This encounter with Shibesha students makes me realized how valuable was the Human Ecology Rivers group and how insightful it is to



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