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English speech contest for teachers; charity run and walk for children’s rights

Contests

Speech competition

On Nov. 18, the International Education Center will hold its annual English speech contest for teachers in junior high and high schools in Japan.

The 34th edition of the contest is supported by several organizations such as the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), the Society for Testing English Proficiency (STEP), the U.S. Embassy in Japan and the Embassy of Canada in Japan.

The 12 selected teachers will make a seven-minute speech on a theme such as “Cross-cultural understanding,” “Japan in the world and Asia” as well as “English education.” A guest lecture by Yukio Otsu, a professor at the Institute of Cultural and Linguistic Studies of Keio University, will also be part of the program.

The opening address by Takashi Oi, chairman of the board of International Education Center, will be held at 1 p.m. and the contest will start at 1:20 p.m. at J. F. Oberlin University in Yotsuya, a three-minute walk from Yotsuya Station (JR, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi, Nanboku lines) in Tokyo. Admission to the event is free.

For more information, contact benron@iec-nichibei.or.jp or call the International Education Center at (03) 3359-9620.

Events

Run for children’s rights

Nov. 20 is Universal Children’s Day, marking the date that the Convention on the Rights of the Child was ratified by the United Nations. To celebrate with the desire to create a safer and more peaceful world for children, Human Rights Now (HRN), an international human rights nongovernmental organization based in Tokyo, will host the Children’s Day Charity Walk and Run 2012 on Nov. 17 in the capital.

HRN was founded by lawyers, scholars and journalists in 2006. With a focus on serious human rights violations in the world, HRN conducts field surveys and reports, and advocates human rights. One of its activities, Projects on the Rights of Children, involves field surveys in Cambodia and India, which has led to the revision of trafficking laws.

The charity event has a variety of courses: 5 km walking, 5 km running and 10 km running. The event will be held around the Imperial Palace.

The opening ceremony will start at 9 a.m. for entrants in the walking course, and at 9:40 a.m. for the running courses. The event’s original T-shirt will be given to all participants.

The proceeds from the charity event are devoted to human rights protection, with a focus on the Children’s Rights Project.

For more information, visit www.hrn.or.jp/run.