Title: Charitable Giving and Educational Possibilities: An Examination of Student Presentations on Charitable Giving Experiences in Japan
Stream: Education, Sustainability & Society: Social Justice, Development & Political Movements
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Tomomi Naka, Tottori University, Japan
This paper examines Japanese student participation in charitable giving and how students reflect their giving experiences regarding social and civic engagement. While Japanese schools have long been involved in charitable activities, many schools and organizations have begun exploring the educational potential of charitable monetary giving. This is partly engendered by a renewed emphasis on financial education since the late 2000s. With rapid global economic changes, many educational materials became available not only to develop students’ financial skills but also to expand their awareness of social implication in their financial decisions. Meanwhile, social withdrawal and decreased sense of self-usefulness in society among the youth have become grave concerns. In response to these situations, some schools and organizations have begun offering educational opportunities about charitable giving to raise students’ interest in social engagement. Through an examination of charitable giving workshops and educational events in 2020, this paper explores the ways in which students consider the relationships between their charitable giving and social engagement. My analysis suggests that participation in these activities has helped students gain awareness of social challenges in their communities and what financial contribution can bring to charitable activities. However, it also indicates that further instructional support is necessary in some topics, such as how to make appropriate giving decisions as a group and how to sustain and evaluate one’s own charitable commitments.
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