R&D ProjectsRegional Revitalization Education by Intergenerational Philosophical Dialogue and Project Learning
Professor, College of Arts, Rikkyo University
General Description of the Research Project
Behind the deterioration of rural areas, there is a lack of human capacity building, with the absence of people who can recognize potential of local industries and bring them to fruition. Meanwhile due to scarce job opportunities, human resources have flown out to metropolitan areas. In order to create a sustainable local community, we need to enrich education on the use of local resources, which can create a virtuous cycle with local industries.
In this project, we will promote “philosophical dialogue” with children with the aim to create a sustainable community, in collaboration with local schools, libraries and research institutions. This dialogue is characterized by thorough exchange of opinions with an open mind, towards mutual understanding, creating values and building a consensus. Based on philosophical dialogue, we will set up projects for solutions in the actual social context, which will be supported by adults. Through these activities, we aim to create a model of “Education for regional revitalization”.