The Japanese Government extends official development assistance (ODA) to developing countries to support self-help efforts that will lead to economic progress and a better life for the citizens of those countries.
Since its foundation in 1974, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has implemented Japan’s technical cooperation under the ODA program.
Currently, JICA conducts such activities as training, dispatch of experts, provision of equipment, project-type technical cooperation, development study, dispatch of cooperation volunteers (JOCV),survey and administration of capital grant aid programs.
The training program for overseas participants is one of JICA’s fundamental technical cooperation activities for developing countries. Participants come from overseas in order to obtain knowledge and technology in a wide variety of fields.
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The whole Program of the “Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Promotion of Persons with Disabilities -Workshop Management-” consists of the following stages.
The following major subjects will be covered in the course. (Please note that this is a provisional curriculum.)
(1) Inception Report writing (Preliminary Program) (2) Introduction Purpose:To understand institutional activities and to learn framework of vocational rehabilitation services for persons with disabilities in Japan. a. Present social status of persons with disabilities in Japan b. National policies and measures for persons with disabilities of Japan c. Historical development of rehabilitation services for persons with disabilities in Japan with thecomparison of other countries d. Vocational rehabilitation services of Japan e. Employment measures for persons with disabilities in Japan f. Social employment and workshop/workcenter movement in Japan (3) Inception Report Presentation Purpose:
1. To lay the foundation of mutual understanding among the participants and the Japanese relevant personnel concerning the present status and issues of persons with disabilities especially in employment, social participation, vocational rehabilitation services and workshops/work centers in the participants’ countries.
2. To clarify the problems and set up objectives for each.
(4) Study of Vocational Rehabilitation and Social Employment Centers/Workshops and Employment Measures Purpose:
To learn the situation of vocational rehabilitation, social employment centers / workshops and employment measures in Japan through the introduction and discussion.
(5) Facility Visits around Tokyo Metropolitan Area Purpose:
To observe comprehensive rehabilitation services for persons with disabilities and social employment centers/workshops as well as ordinary enterprises and to visit related government offices.
(6)Workshop/Workcenter, Management Study Purpose:
To understand the basics of rehabilitation services, marketing, accounting, production control, and public relations through practical work experiences in workshops/workcenters.
(7) Facilitator Skills Training: Basic training as a facilitator (8) Local Visits Purpose:
To understand some measures or activities taken by local government or local community. There are some characteristic facilities to see.
(9) Individual Training Purpose:
To experience and study individually according to the participants’ interests for workshop/workcenters, management and related vocational rehabilitation services.
(10) Wrap-up a. Self-evaluation. b. Interim Report: all participants are requested to submit and make a presentation of their own report at the end of the program in Japan. c. Evaluation (11) Finalization and submission of Final Report (Program in home country) (1) be nominated by their government in accordance with the procedures mentioned in IV-1 below, (2) be in good health to undergo the training, *As the schedule of this course includes many observation trips that would be too demanding for pregnant women, pregnancy is regarded as a disqualifying condition for participation in this training course. (3) be directors, managers and instructors at sheltered workshops/workcenters or vocational rehabilitation centers who resume duties in glass root levels (such as NGOs) concerning employment and vocational rehabilitation for persons with disabilities on their return (those who work in glass root levels are put higher priority than governmental officers), (4) not be serving in the military, (5) have occupational experiences of more than two years, (6) not be medical doctors or nurses, (7) be no less than twenty-eight (28) years and no more than forty-two (42) years of age, and have a sufficient command of spoken and written English. (Those who need interpreter in course are disqualified even after the arrival to Japan.) (8) not be a participant of any related JICA’s training course in the past.
Participants are required; (1) not to change course subjects or extend the course period, (2) not to bring any members of their family, (3) to return to their home countries at the end of their course according to the international travel designated by JICA. (4) to refrain from engaging in political activities or any for of employment or profit or gain, and (5) to observe the rules and regulations of their place of accommodation and not to change accommodations designated by JICA.
- Government desiring to nominate applicants for the course should fill in and forward one(1) original and three (3) copies of the Nomination Form (Form A2A3) for each applicant, to JICA office (or the Embassy of Japan) by April 14, 2005
- JICA office (or the Embassy of Japan) will inform the applying government whether or not the nominee’s application has been accepted no later than May 14, 2005
- Questionnaire (Annex 1) and Inception Report (Annex 2) are indispensable for selection of the applicants.Please submit both documents together with the Nomination Form.Otherwise, the applicants will not be considered for selection.