The Onomichi Special Support School with 79 students enrolled in Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima Prefecture and the Chonburi School for the Deaf in Chonburi Province, Thailand will become a sister school.
It is a part of an exchange promotion program with the overseas school which the Hiroshima Prefecture Education Board has advanced, and the tie-up with an overseas school for the Deaf is the first in within the prefecture.
A signing ceremony will be held in Thailand on August 6. About 250 students attend the Chonburi School for the Deaf from preschool through high school.
Nakabayashi Juri (37), who teaches the Deaf students at the Onomichi Special Support School, had taught the Thai Deaf students for his assignment from 2006 until 2008 as a Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers member of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which was a cause to the sister school tie-up.
Both the schools will send videos of a cultural festival and a sports event, etc. each other, as well as the Deaf students will exchange a letter, a photograph, etc. to promote friendship.
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