Under our International Understanding Education Program, foreign residents and international students who are registered as "foreign supporters" are sent to schools within Osaka Prefecture to help support international understanding education classes. With the aim to deepen the students' understanding of different cultures, these supporters introduce fresh perspectives through talking about their own culture and history, traditional dances, performances using traditional instruments and other games and activities.
For more information, please read our International Understanding Education Foreign Supporter Dispatch Program Pamphlet (PDF)(Japanese Only)

FY 2016 International Understanding Education Foreign Supporter Dispatch Program Activity Report
  FY 2016 (Total)
Elementary
Schools
Junior
High
Schools
High schools
Dispatches Number of Dispatches 32 13 22
Actual Number of Schools 16 13 12
Number of Dispatches to Elementary and Junior High Schools 45
Actual Number of Elementary and Junior High Schools 29
Total Number of Dispatches 67
Total Number of Schools 41
Students Number of Students 3055 1507 2061
Number of Elementary and Junior High School Students 4562
Total Number of Students 6623
Supporters Number of Dispatched Supporters 66 38 41
Number of Supporters Dispatched to Elementary and Junior High Schools 104
Total Number of Dispatched Supporters 145
For past reports, click here.(Japanese Only)

What organizations are eligible?
○Schools including elementary, junior high, secondary education and high schools in Osaka Prefecture.
※Both public and private schools are welcome to apply.
 Limited only to school classes, events and club activities.

Who are foreign supporters?
   Foreign residents such as international students, living in Osaka who are able to introduce their own country's culture and history, traditional dances, performances using musical instruments and other games and activities. Newly registered supporters are also encouraged to participate in supporter training. While the Japanese ability of each supporter varies, they are motivated individuals who are interested in interacting with students.
   Aside from the basic country introduction, here (PDF) are what OFIX supporters can introduce.
⇒List of Foreign Supporters
(86 supporters from 19 countries and regions – as of October 31, 2017)

How much will it cost?
   Of the honorarium paid to foreign supporters (6000 yen per person per dispatch), requesting schools are required to pay 3000 yen per supporter per dispatch.
※ Additionally, other fees (expenses for ingredients for a cooking class, school lunch fees etc.) will be shouldered by the requesting school.

※For more information regarding how classes are implemented, please refer to our International Understanding Education Foreign Supporter Dispatch Program Implementation Guidelines (PDF) (Japanese only)

Example Lessons and Activities
①Country Introduction
Introducing culture (clothing, food, lifestyle, language, sports etc.) and history from their home countries.
     
②Practical Learning
Hands-on, cross-cultural learning through games, songs and traditional dances from their home countries.
     
③Presentation on set topics including the environment, economy and education (lifestyle of similar-aged students etc.).
※Items to help supporters introduce their countries can also be provided.
⇒Click here for further details about our Country Kits. (Japanese only)
※Please consult OFIX regarding specific lesson content and topics.
※Each supporter usually requires a PC, projector and screen or electronic blackboard for their lesson, so please indicate whether you can provide these when submitting the application form.


What does the request procedure involve?
Application Outline
①Submission of Application
⇒OFIX International Understanding Education Foreign Supporter Dispatch Request Application Form (PDF) (Japanese only)
Please fill out the form with your desired conditions (date and time, number of foreign supporters, lesson content, country/region of supporters etc.) and submit it to OFIX by fax or email at least one month before the requested date of visit.
②Introduction of Foreign Supporters
OFIX will inform schools of their foreign supporters as soon as they have been finalized. Attempts will be made to dispatch supporters who match the requesting schools' wishes, but this may be difficult in some cases due to lesson content and scheduling issues.
③Pre-Lesson Meeting
In principle OFIX staff will hold a preparatory meeting with the requesting school. In some cases, however, this will take place directly between the foreign supporter and the person in charge of the requesting school.
④Lesson
⑤Lesson Report and Survey Submission
⇒OFIX International Understanding Education Program Lesson Report (For Teachers) (PDF)
⇒OFIX International Understanding Education Student Survey (For Elementary School Students) (PDF)
⇒OFIX International Understanding Education Student Survey (For Junior High/High School Students) (PDF)
※Available in Japanese only.
Please submit the OFIX International Understanding Education Program Lesson Report (For Teachers) and student surveys (using the correct student type) within one week of finishing the lesson.
⑥Supporter Payment
After the lesson has finished, requesting schools are required to pay part of the foreign supporter honorarium (3000 yen per supporter per dispatch). These costs will be outlined in invoice issued and sent by OFIX to the requesting school following the completion of the lesson.

<Inquiries and Applications>
Osaka Foundation of International Exchange, Planning and Promotion Section
5th Floor, MyDome Osaka, 2-5 Hommachibashi,Chuo-ku,Osaka 540-0029
TEL:06-6966-2400 FAX:06-6966-2401
E-mail:info@ofix.or.jp


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