Letter from CAIRC
April 2002 Vol.6 No.1

Participants welcome to join symposium for educators:
“The Significant Relationship between Children and Pets”

On Saturday, June 8, CAIRC will host a symposium titled “The Significant Relationship between Children and Pets” on the role played by animals and nature in children’s development.

The importance of mental and spiritual, as well as aesthetic development in children is now gaining widespread recognition. Children need to learn a great deal while relating to other people, to animals and to nature. But as the society in which children live becomes more heavily computerized and urbanized, these trends are having a great impact on child development. Through lectures and a panel discussion, this symposium will explore the effects that animals have on children as they develop mentally and spiritually.

Professor Gail Melson of Purdue University in the United States will serve as the keynote speaker with a lecture on “Animals in the Lives of Children” (consecutive translation provided). Panelists will include Mitsuhisa Hioki, Curriculum Senior Specialist, Curriculum Research and Development Center, National Institute for Education Policy Resarch / School-Subject Investigation Officer, Elementary and Secondary Education Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports,Science and Technology, Misako Namiki of Zoo Keeping Department, Chiba Zoological Park / Part-Time Lecturer Developmental Psychology at Ferris University, as well as CAIRC Chairman Dr. Yoichi Shoda (Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo). The discussion panel will be chaired by Prof. Mitsuaki Ota of Azabu University.

Date: June 8, 2002 (Saturday)
Time: 1:00 - 4:15 p.m.
Participants: Education experts and others interested in this topic
Venue: T E P I A Hall
2-8-44 Kita Aoyama, Minato-ku (a three-minute walk from Gaienmae Station on the Ginza Subway Line)
Phone: 03-5474-6119 (On the day of the event only)
Capacity: 250 seats will be available on a first-come, first served basis
Notes: Attendance is free. Guide dogs and service dogs allowed, although advance notice is required.