Go teaching knowledge was provided to leaders in ASEAN countries, and young players who seek to become the next generation of leaders. Likewise, under the common goal of popularizing Go, the participants in this project took a key role in building a mutual cooperation relationship through the Nihon Ki-in and Go associations of ASEAN countries, furthering cooperation among the countries. In the future, in order to promote the introduction of Go education in ASEAN countries, the knowledge. accumulated in Japan will be jointly researched, seeking to implement Go courses in schools of the various countries, and disseminate those results to the world.
From the Organizer
The Go leaders currently teaching courses at elementary or high schools were extremely interested in lectures by professional players. In Thailand, parental guardians are very actively involved in popularization of Go, and showed a high level of interest toward the pro players of this project, which gave us a strong impression of future potential for implementation in schools. By having Japanese professional players visit directly and take part in the project, our countries grew much closer, and the forming of a foundation for mutual research and cooperation was one major result of the visit. In regard to inviting professional players from Japan, being that nearly all the Go associations in ASEAN countries are still developing their infrastructures, the cost is a major issue, so the grant covering travel and lodging fees this time provided great support. Also, around the theme of spreading Go in schools, working together with Japan in this project, as a country in which Go is highly popularized, lent great credibility to the popularization efforts of local leaders.