“The Ship for World Youth Leaders” (SWY) Program
Amongst the rapid globalization of today“s world, where cross-border cooperation, coordination, and negotiation are indispensable in every field, leaders capable of playing key roles in initiating globalization are required in local communities as well as international society. Youths from various countries and various backgrounds participate in the Ship for World Youth (hereinafter, SWY) program, the objective of which is to develop youth who can play leading roles in various areas so that they can contribute to the betterment of society. In addition, by providing opportunities for seminars, discussions, cultural exchange, and communal life in an environment that can be referred to as a microcosm of the world, the participating youth are expected to further develop their transnational human networks and deepen mutual understanding. Thus, through this program, the Government of Japan aims to contribute to the field of international human development.
During the SWY program, Japanese Participating Youth (hereinafter JPY) along with Overseas Participating Youth (hereinafter OPY) from 10 other countries participated in the Onshore / Onboard Training Sessions and port of call activities for 34 days. Participating Youth (hereinafter PY) took part in various kinds of training and exchange activities, including seminars and discussions on common global issues.
Onshore Training Session
Onboard Training Session
Purpose Participating Countries and Ports of Call
There were 11 participating countries in the program, and a total of 227PYs (112 OPYs and 115 JPYs) joined the program.
- Kingdom of Bahrain
- Federative Republic of Brazil
- Arab Republic of Egypt, French Republic
- United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
- Republic of Kenya
- United Mexican States
- New Zealand
- Republic of Peru
- Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
The ship docked in the United Mexican States.
During the SWY program, Japanese youth along with youth from ten other countries participated in the Onshore /Onboard Training Sessions and port of call activities for 34 days.
The participants took part in various kinds of training and exchange activities, including seminars and discussions on common global issues.
Various activities and events were organized and conducted in order to facilitate exchanges among PYs and to promote mutual understanding and friendship. To maintain communication with the administration and those in charge of planning and managing these activities, the following ten committees were formed.
- Advertisement Committee
- Event Committee
- All-PY Seminar Committee
- National Presentation Committee
- Assistant Group Leader Committee
- Olympic/Paralympic Seminar Committee
- Club Activity Committee
- Peer-Learning Seminar Committee
With Youth Contribution in Society”as a common theme, seven Course Discussion themes were established as forums for PYs to discuss common issues from global perspectives.
- Cultural Heritage and Preservation
- Global Citizenship
- Global Environmental and Climate Change
- Global Inclusive Society
- Health and Wellbeing
- Peacebuilding and International Cooperation
- Technology in an Equal Society