Leaders in Go from Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam were invited for the project. We utilized a guidebook with methods established by Mizuma, holding a lecture to build leaders. We made a presentation about the current state of Go classes in schools in Japan, and shared educational processes and administrative knowhow. Participants visited actual university Go classes, as well as elementary afterschool Go courses, and practiced teaching Go to elementary school students. Also, each country announced the situations of Go in their own country and the present state of its popularization, sharing the information with one-another. Knowhow was jointly examined to promote the introduction of Go education in schools, and opinions were exchanged on future efforts. As a summary of collaborative research and work, a joint announcement of the training was created. We plan to introduce the results, including co-authored texts of this training course, to 76 countries and regions around the world through the International Go Federation homepage and general assembly.
From the Organizer
With the participation of young leaders attempting to popularize Go in their own countries, we felt a very strong sense of leadership. After the course, for countries in which high recognition of Go has yet to be achieved, there were specific proposals to translate the guidebook used in this course into the languages of the countries. Some countries intended to use their preexisting knowledge as a base, while gradually implementing Mizuma’s method and the 7 fundamental routes recommended by Japan. Since there were many young participants, and the grant made payment of travel expenses possible for some countries, we feel that support of this area is necessary in the future as well. Through this project, the basis of continuing exchange between Japan and ASEAN countries was formed, but specific discussion of an “Asian Go congress” has yet to be held. However, it was agreed that in the “Japan Go Congress, World Go Festival” to be held in February, 2018 in Shizuoka, many participants would be invited from ASEAN countries.