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Volunteering in Social Development Activities

Ms Kumi MATOBA, a Japanese Ex-Py from Ship for World Youth Program volunteered in SWYAA-India Open School on Saturday 19th November 2022 as a social development activity. First, she met the students of standards 4th and 5th and introduced them to Japanese culture through counting, language, and taught them a song in Japanese. in which the students took part enthusiastically. Later in the slums where students learn in the Open Classes, she regaled the students with anecdotes about Japan and Origami paper craft..

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Ship for World Youth Alumni Association-India (SWYAA-India) is a registered NGO of delegates from India who participated in the Ship for World Youth (SWY) program and the Global Youth Leadership Development Program (GLDP) organized by the Cabinet office of Government of Japan.
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Ship for World Youth Alumni Association-India (SWYAA-India) has formed an Indo-Japan Friendship Group (IJFG) with an aim to promote people to people contact, alliance and cross cultural exchange between India and Japan. Informal meetings are held once in a quarter for social and cultural interactions with Ex-PYsand representatives from diverse fields such as social development, art, cultural, industries, commerce, religion, academics and students.
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SWYAA-India teaches deprived children in ten open schools and educates 600 children in the age group of 4 to 14 years living in the slum clusters in New Delhi. In the open schools children receive educational inputs up to primary level as per our curriculum. As multi group and multi-level children are enrolled in the classes,our teachers prepare separate lesson plans for younger children in the age group of 4-6 years and for older children in the age group 7 years and above.

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Ms Kumi MATOBA, a Japanese Ex-Py from Ship for World Youth Program volunteered in SWYAA-India Open School on Saturday 19th November 2022 as a social development activity. .

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An Evening with Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan: The Land of Mt. Fuji-Musical Concert: (Performance of contemporary instrumental music, drums, Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremonyand Enkasinging was held at Multipurpose Hall in IIC, New Delhi)
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Happy youngsters of SWYAA-Open classes learning Japanese language from Mohit Rawat ! He has taken sixteen classes since April
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SWYAA-India, Discover Japan Club (DJC), India and Discover India Club (DIC), Japan jointly launched the school sanitation program on 26th February 2015 from 10:30 am to 12:30 noon in the government primary school in Delhi.

SWYAA-India continued to teach in ten open schools and educated 1050 underprivileged children in the age group of 4 to 14 years living in ten slum clusters in New Delhi. In the open schools children received educational inputs up to primary level as per the school syllabus.

It was a rare opportunity for the children of the Open Schools of SWYAA-India to interact with Japanese students from Keio University,Tokyo at Mayapuri, New Delhi. They had come for volunteering in the educational activities being implemented by SWYAA-India.

Lecture on message of Mahatma Gandhi by Ms Shobhana Radhakrishna. Having the fortune of spending a part of her life in Gandhiji’s Sevagram Ashram, Wardha in India, Shobhana Radhakrishna is on a mission to spread the socially relevant messages of Mahatma Gandhi on peace, non-violence, satyagraha, universal brotherhood, unity and harmony to every corner of the world.




Announcement of POC of SWY30 at Kochi

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  • Ravi Chopra, (SWY6) President, SWYAA-India

    Ravi Chopra is Known as the chief builder of the Ship for World Youth Alumni Association-India and the driving force to forge linkages with Japanese government agencies and the Alumni Associations of the world.

    Ravi Chopra is a development leader known for his leadership, innovative thinking, macro vision, and practical idealism. Ravi strongly believes that the learning received from the Ship for Youth programs must be channelized to enhance leadership skills for serving the community.

    Ravi’s strong leadership successfully steered the post-program activities of the SWY program since the year 2007 along with the active ex- participating Indian youth. With relentless persuasion, he has nurtured and strengthened the activities in diverse fields and had led the mega initiative of hosting the 10th Global Assembly, promoted the exchange of friendship between India and Japan, promoted Japanese culture through initiatives like Konnichiwa Japan Festival, Japan Food festival which was held to re-establish the nuances of the Japanese cuisine in India. Therefore, he is widely regarded as the creator of the India-Japan relationship in modern days.

    Ravi’s current leadership is the collaborative strengths and resources of the ex-participating Indian youth utilized to empower the society to be partners in the development initiative in the Covid-19 era.

    Ravi’s focus is on the ethos of contributory, inclusive, and accessible development, championing the cause of a common man. His initiatives have led to hundreds of learning opportunities and networking initiatives. SWYAA-India will take forward important, innovative initiatives to establish networking opportunities around India focusing on areas such as education, environment, healthcare, peace, harmony, and non-violence.Over these 15 years, SWYAA India has become one of the most active AAs promoting the objectives and post-program social contribution activities of SWY program.

    Ravi Chopra envisages SWYAA-India as the empowering institution for the post-program activities in India with networking opportunities in the SWYAA-International countries towards the development of leadership with capabilities to serve Humanity.

  • Dr. Shobhana Radhakrishna, (JYGC) Chief Executive, SWYAA-India

    Shobhana Radhakrishna is on a mission to reintroduce Mahatma Gandhi to the people of India as well as those abroad. Mahatma Gandhi’s thoughts and principles can guide the people as it has the strength to inspire and bring about change. She is the Chief Functionary of the ‘Gandhian Forum for Ethical Corporate Governance’ formed by the Standing Conference of Public Enterprises India for promoting ethical business practices, organizational integrity in Public Sector Enterprises of the Government of India.

    She has traveled for lecture tours to 42 countries and given 169 lectures in various universities and organizations on ‘Transformational leadership of Mahatma Gandhi’ to inspire youth to become socially conscious and contribute to society. She has given virtual lectures on peace, non-violence, and harmony in 135 countries hosted by Indian Missions.She is conducting an online certificate course on Mahatma Gandhi’s Philosophy hosted by 109 Indian Missions as part of the commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of India’s Independence supported by ICCR and Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India from 2021 to 2022.

    The national and international community has honoured her with several recognitions and awards. The Ministry of Rural Development, Government of Indiarecognized her as ‘Eminent Citizen’.

    She is the advisor for ‘Gandhipedia’, the social media platform of the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India jointly implemented by the Indian Institute of Technology & the National Council of Science Museums. She is the governing body member of the ‘MahilaSamakhya’ program for the empowerment of women of Government of Bihar and of the ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’ for inclusive education of primary school children of the Government of Tripura as well as National Coalition for Education (NCE). She is a member of the International Association of Studies on the Mediterranean and the East in Rome, Italy. She is the Chief Executive of SWYAA-India and has successfully spearheaded the post-program social contribution activities. .

  • Samrita Kaur Gill (SWY6) Vice President, SWYAA-India

    Salutations to the Ship for World Youth programme. Although I participated 14 years ago the experience remains fresh, it’s just a shut eye away!!!!!!! Ever since the programme the journey of life has been exciting and rewarding. After completing my Law degree I made a concerted effort at writing the premier examination of the country for securing a job with the Government of India. I am now working as Deputy Commissioner in the Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue, Government of India. I am currently posted at New Delhi . It is an exciting job and gives me an opportunity to help serve my country in economic development and prevention of all forms of trafficking-of drugs, antiques, humans and the lot.

    The journey that began on the Nipponmaru, honing skills at comprehending International Perspectives continues to be the guiding force in the journey of life!!!!!!!

  • Rupesh Gupta (SWY6) Treasurer, SWYAA-India

    When I look back at the 6th ship for world youth I attended in 1994, I have come a long way since then. But the sweet memories picked up during those 70 day period will be cherished for the rest of our lives.

    I was studying a professional course in accountancy, Chartered Accountant, during my trip. After coming back I cleared the same and pursued my career in practising the same for few years till 2000. With freeing of economy in the country during early 1990’s ample opportunities were created for professionals like me. Telecom is one sector whose growth in India as amazed the entire world, I got into a basic telecom company in 2001 in the New Delhi.

    In September 2007 I got the opportunity in the latest industry in the country, retail. I joined biggest retailer in the mobile handset business in India to be based out of Bangalore. Currently I am working with the same company heading their operations of southern and northern states of India. Surely the exposure gained during SWY6 has gone a long way in making me a better and more responsible human being and citizen of world.

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The SWYAA INDIA fully relies on sponsorship funds for development of local initiatives and future activities. As a participant, you can best prepare by contacting local institutions, media and businesses for funds to raise the profile of the SWYAA INDIA.


SWYAA INDIA provides an opportunity to volunteers for experiential learning that encourages them to live in and experience the real life challenges faced by people in villages and slums. As a participant, you can contribute to the society by exploring the opportunities to take part in social activities.

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The SWYAA INDIA fully relies on sponsorship funds for development of local initiatives and future activities. As a participant, you can best prepare by contacting local institutions, media and businesses for funds to raise the profile of the SWYAA INDIA.

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