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STUDY FOR TWO Academic Year 2020 Report


At an online meeting

The drive behind the STUDY FOR TWO initiative is to create a world in which all children who want to study can study, and where there is ready access to cheap university textbooks. University students donate textbooks and other books which they are no longer using, and we resell these at around half the original price, with the proceeds put towards supporting child education in Laos and Bangladesh.

The Ochanomizu University chapter of STUDY FOR TWO has been operating on campus as part of the Living Together study group since 2012. A total of eighteen students from years one to four are currently involved in the initiative. This year, we set the goal of “communicate, connect, and enjoy,” aiming to communicate STUDY FOR TWO activities to Ochanomizu university students and connect those students and children in the developing world, while also having fun in our activities. Although there were many parts in the activities that did not proceed as planned due to the impact of COVID-19, we were not disappointed; instead, we saw it in a positive frame of mind, looking at the situation as an opportunity to think how we can proceed with our activities differently from the past and to develop them.

The online sale

We have collection boxes set up in seven spots around the campus and in halls of residence for students to donate textbooks and other books that they no longer need. We usually sell second-hand textbooks and other books in front of the university library for two weeks at the beginning of the April and October semesters, and at the Kiin Festival in November, we also set up a flea market stall to sell books other than textbooks that have been donated. However, this academic year, due to COVID-19, we were only able to hold the autumn sale, selling books online and sending books through mail. The format was different than in past years and the chapter members had hard time finding ways to sell books smoothly, but thanks to the cooperation of many people, we raised a total of 44,100 yen in donations this academic year.

We would like to express our appreciation to all the Ochanomizu students who have donated or bought our textbooks and books, and to everyone who has helped us out along the way. We will continue to work to provide opportunities close at hand for Ochanomizu students to participate in international cooperation and to provide long-term support for children in the developing world. Thank you again!

(Satsuki Yamatani, Rika Ohtani, representatives of the SFT Ochanomizu Chapter)

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