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December 2009

Cambodian Orphans Receive their Flipbooks

Friday, December 25th, 2009

Video StreamingThe flip books created by Japanese participants from the last workshop of the “Hanbun Hanbun/Pakondal-Cambodian HIV/AIDS Orphans Meet Japanese Artists”, a collaborative program between Tokyo Development Learning Center and Tokyo Wonder Site, safely reached Cambodia in mid-December, and each and every one of the 16 children involved in the program received their flip book.

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Lecture Series: “Issues in Asia and the International Labour Organization”

4th Session: ILO’s Technical Cooperation Activity

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Tran Thi Hoa/World Bank, 2002

A videoconference on “Issues in Asia and the International Labour Organization” was held at TDLC on November 19.

Organized jointly by the International Labour Office in Japan, Aoyama Gakuin University and TDLC, this lecture series introduces foreign and Japanese experts who work on a global scale through the ILO, and discuss current labor issues with the Japanese audience.

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Partnering to make a Difference—FASID

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Committed to its mission to contribute to development and to play a role in the alleviation of poverty, TDLC strives to help disseminate Japanese knowledge and expertise abroad. Offering videoconferencing services, course design and coordination, multimedia and technical hub capabilities, TDLC has been playing a role as a bridge between Japan and developing countries.

From our ongoing programs, here is an introduction on a key partner since 2005, the Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development, or FASID.

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November 2009

“Orphan Meets Artist” Cambodia/Japan Final Workshop Held

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Video Streaming“Hanbun Hanbun/Pakondal – Cambodian HIV/AIDS Orphans Meet Japanese Artists”, the final of a three-session workshop series, was held at Tokyo Wonder Site Aoyama on November 22.

As part of TDLC’s “Orphan Meets Artist” program, the event was jointly held with Tokyo Wonder Site, and got underway with an update by KIDS EARTH FUND founder Harumi Torii on the current situation faced by children in Cambodia.

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Lecture Series: Women and Their Families—Health Services for Pregnancy and Child Care

Session 1: Strategies to Reduce Maternal Mortality Rates

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Yosef Hadar/World Bank

Together wtih Kitasato University School of Nursing and the WHO, TDLC has launched a new video conference series; “Women and their Families – Health Services for Pregnancy and Child Care.”

A wide range of issues of universal concern will be discussed by experts—safe motherhood, reproductive health, child care, and generic health. The first session was held in November by WHO expert Dr. Monir Islam.

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“Orphan Meets Artist” 2nd Cambodia/Japan Workshop

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Video StreamingOn November 15, TDLC and the World Bank Cambodia Phnom Penh office were linked in the second video conference workshop of the “Hanbun Hanbun/Pakondal—Cambodian HIV/AIDS Orphans Meet Japanese Artists” series.

Through the connection, Japanese animation artist Chikara Matsumo demonstrated to HIV/AIDS orphans in Cambodia how to show and tell about the drawings they’d made at the first workshop.

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“Orphan Meets Artist” Cambodia/Japan Workshop

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Video StreamingTDLC’s “Orphan Meets Artist/Artist Meets Orphan” program saw an art workshop held for HIV/AIDS orphans in Uganda early in the year, followed by a Tokyo symposium discussing the potential role of art in development.

The next phase of the program focuses on AIDS orphans in Cambodia: “Hanbun Hanbun/Pakondal—- Cambodian HIV/AIDS Orphans Meet Japanese Artists”—the theme; mutual sharing. The first videoconference workshop was held in November, connecting TDLC with the World Bank Phnom Penh office.

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September 2009

SME Course 1 – Introduction to Marketing – Bali’s Experience

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Earlier this year, professionals, newcomers, and students of marketing in Bali, Indonesia assembled for a five-week capacity-building course on marketing concept and strategy, organized by Tokyo Development Learning Center and GDLN Indonesia.

Videoconference-based distance learning lectures were provided by ChuSanRen, the Central Japan Industries Association, Japan’s nationwide management specialists’ association of 800 companies and organizations.

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SME Course 2—Africa Wants More

Increasing Manufacturing Productivity -- Testimonials Now In

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

This summer, Tokyo Development Learning Center put together a five-week capacity-building distance learning seminar series “Improving Manufacturing Productivity” for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa, in collaboration with GDLN Distance Learning Centers.

Comments have now been received from course participants; read on to take a look at the testimonials.

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TDLC Staffer Reports On MFTOT6—Part II

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

The second video conference and local discussion session for the sixth Microfinance Training of Trainers Course (MFTOT 6), launched on July 16, was held at TDLC on August 20.

The MFTOT course is a core program offered periodically at TDLC which aims to train trainers of the Microfinance Distance Learning Course through a blended learning method.

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August 2009

Video Conference Held on ‘Fundamentals of Structural Dynamics’

Monday, August 31st, 2009

A video lecture and participating sites are captured on screen in Pakistan. Photo courtesy of NWFP University of Engineering & Technology, Peshawar/TDLC

The Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC), established in Kobe, Japan in 1998 to enhance disaster resilience of its member countries and to build safe communities, is a strong partner of TDLC in knowledge-sharing activities on disaster risk management.

In a bid to share Japanese expertise in disaster risk management with fellow Asian countries, a video lecture was organized with our technical support in mid-August.

Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh were connected with Tokyo, where a renowned expert on building structure and earthquake engineering lectured on the ‘Fundamentals of Structural Dynamics’.

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Happy Mothers, Happy Children Program: Behind the Scenes

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Program participants in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia raise their arms as they follow instructions from TDLC via video conference in an exercise to reduce stress, part of a lecture on psychological assessment and care during pregnancy and childbirth March 6, 2009. 

“Childbirth Nursing Training” or “Happy Mothers, Happy Children”, one of the core outreach programs at Tokyo Development Learning Center, is designed to train mother and child care specialists in Mongolia through distance learning. To date, hundreds of nurses have participated in the course. Here’s a look behind the scenes.

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