Activities of MPJ Youth consist of two main types: study sessions and training in Africa.
In the study sessions, students are divided into groups covering a wide range of fields such as politics, economics, culture, health care, and agriculture. Each group works on presentations, chooses their own theme and does research cooperatively. During the final presentation of the study sessions, participants discuss and exchange their findings and opinions with other teams.
The Africa Training Program is held once a year as an opportunity to experience and learn about Africa in-person. Selected members travel to Africa for about two weeks (previous destinations include Malawi, Rwanda, Ghana, and Tanzania). Each member sets a theme for the training, and deepens their learning through visits to government agencies and companies, spending time with local people, and various activities that can only be done locally. After the training, a debriefing session will be held so the members can share their experiences.
In addition, MPJ Youth holds events and seminars hosted by African researchers and ambassadors.
Although we were forced to postpone last year's study tour to Rwanda due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been able to carry out other activities satisfactorily online. Study sessions were held as usual in an online format (hybrid format in some cases). In response to the pandemic, we have also strengthened our SNS activities and plan to sequentially increase the contents on our website. We are also inviting scholars to participate in various events and seminars once in a while, so that we can have more opportunities to hear from experts and knowledgeable people than in the pre-corona era.