The 2008 batch OISCA MUFG Trainees (Mr. Sovanna Chhourng, Deputy Director of a NGO and OISCA Children`s Forest Program Coordinator in Cambodia and Mr. Jerome Tioloni, staff of OISCA Rabaul Eco-Tech Training Center in Papua New Guinea) and 2009 batch OISCA-MUFG Trainees (Ms. Arjina Banu, leader and founder of a NGO in Bangladesh and Mr. Rana Murad Khan, staff in charge for a Solid Waste Management Project in Lahore, Pakistan) are the participants of the course.
“I am expecting that the four selected former trainees will learn; acquire new ideas and gain first-hand insights on the system of cooperation/collaboration among the different groups involved in an attempt to revitalize the rural communities of Japan with its existing natural resources and aging population. I am hoping that they will realize how to materialize such learning on the further improvement of their activities in their own countries”, said by Mr. Toshiyuki Toyoda, Chief of the Training Division in OISCA Nishi Nippon Training Center.
“I will introduce planting of olive trees as one good source of livelihood to the group of people that my NGO is supporting” is the statement of Ms. Arjina after learning the high value of olive oil from their visit to Ukiha City in Fukuoka Prefecture.
Aside from visiting various rural agricultural industries, the four former participants show their current activity presentation mostly in front of the members of MUFG and OISCA mainly to show the impact of their one year of agricultural training in Japan for the improvement of the living condition of their fellow countrymen.
Since 2008, a total of 40 graduates were empowered through the OISCA/MUFG Special Training Course. This year nine trainees from the nine different countries are expected to follow the steps of Ms. Sovanna, Mr. Jerome, Ms. Arjina and Mr. Rana and be the future leaders who will initiate development to their own respective countries.