The Active English Class is an annual program co-run by Kazumi Watanabe, chairperson of the Mammy z Tummy Project in Fukushima, and film director Hitomi Kamanaka. The main portion of the program is a summer camp for children whose lives have been badly affected by the disasters of 2011, some of them with ongoing health complications. While enjoying fresh air, healthy food and the great outdoors, the children also have the opportunity to improve their English skills and experience a range of activities they are unable to take part in at home.

This year’s Active English camp took place for 9 nights and 10 days in 2 different remote locations in Miyazaki and Ōita prefectures. A total of 8 students (5 boys and 3 girls) came from Fukushima city, ranging in age from 11 to 15, and one of EOF’s staff members went along as their English tutor.
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On my last trip to Cape Town, South Africa, I was driving along Boyes Drive in Muizenburg and I saw a small hut with a shark symbol on the side. I had heard about the Shark Spotters before, but never seen them in action. I stopped and met Agnes the Shark Spotter, who kindly let me take some photos and told me a little bit about this unique, successful and world-renowned program.
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One of the three objectives of our NPO is marine conservation, and the main focus of this mission is on promoting the protection of sharks. We try to achieve this aim by attending symposiums and conventions, spreading information through channels such as social media and making links with other groups working towards the same goals.

Although this particular activity took place a couple of years back, we’d like to share the account of one of our staff members who visited a global leader in shark research and conservation, situated on the eastern coast of South Africa.
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In a previous article we introduced you to Kubayama, a mountain projecting from the northeastern tip of Iheya Island. Today we are going to tell you about the beautiful beach that lies behind it. View more photos of Sugahama here: Flickr