Established in 2008, the Toshiba Youth Conference for a Sustainable Future offers high school students the opportunity to think creatively about how to build a more sustainable world while developing lasting friendships with students from other cultures.
During the school year, teams of students from four countries –Japan, Poland, Thailand and United States–conduct research and share ideas about environmental topics.
When the school year is over, students travel to Japan for a week long summer camp devoted to sharing what they have learned and to developing proposals and action plans to take back to their home communities.
While in Japan, students visit sites of environmental interest, ranging from traditional farms to high tech facilities where they meet with local scholars and experts. Sharing meals and traveling together helps students to bridge cultural and language barriers and to develop a deeper understanding of their world.
Each team of students travels with two science teachers from their school. The conference gives participating educators the chance to explore new strategies for promoting environmental, scientific and intercultural learning.
A dedicated website enables students to communicate about their research before and after their time in Japan.
Schools from each region are selected by invitation of the conference sponsors.
The conference is sponsored by Toshiba International Foundation, Toshiba America Foundation and Toshiba Thai Foundation. BeGood Café, a leading Japanese environmental NGO is the program manager and Japan Center on International Exchange provides support for the international exchange.