Panelists will discuss how a distinctive leaders training
program has impacted the lives of its participants over
the past 40 years. The focus will be on how training can
relay more than knowledge and skills but also influence
values having the potential to effect broader social change.
While many programs focus on skills and knowledge
development alone, the Asian Rural institute (ARI) located
in Tochigi Prefecture, aims to also transfer values which
bring about more equitable and just communities. Stories
from research as well as from current staff and former
participants will share some of the changes experienced
by individuals and how they are able to impact their local
Introduction to the Panelists
Tomoko Arakawa, ARI Director
Tomoko has been engaged in the work of nurturing and
training grassroots rural community leaders from developing
countries at the Asian Rural Institute (ARI) in Tochigi
prefecture since 1995. She is the new Director as of April
2015, after serving as served as the General Manager /
Associate Director since 2009 and Curriculum Director
(2003-2009). In 1995, after working as an English and
Japanese language teacher at junior high schools for several
years, she completed her MA in Sociology at Michigan State
University. She graduated from International Christian
University in Tokyo in 1990.
Sarajean Rossitto ARI Assessment Project Coordinator,
Tokyo-based Nonprofit NGO consultant
Sarajean facilitates workshops, seminars and projects aimed
at developing skills, organizational capacity, the
understanding of global issues and effective partnerships.
She has worked for 20 years with nonprofit organizations
in Japan and the US, including the Japan Platform,
Give2Asia Foundation, ARK, TELL, For Empowering Women
Japan (FEW) and Mirai no Mori. She has facilitated
training programs through JICA, Temple University and
has taught a course on NGOs at Sophia since Fall 2012. She
holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University where
she focused on human rights in northeast Asia.
Zachivolu Rhakho, (Acivo) Nagaland, India
(Northeast state of India)
After graduating from ARI in 2000, Acivo worked for the
Women’s department of CBCC (Chakhesang Baptist Church Council)
promoting organic farming, micro credit and traditional
culture with women in mountain areas. In 2009, she was an
ARI Training Assistant and then became an ARI staff member
for one year in the International relations section. From
2011 to 2012 she worked in Cambodia, as a manager of a
dormitory for students from rural areas and a coordinator
of agriculture project in Preah Vihear. In 2013 Achivo
returned to ARI to serve as the person in charge of meal
Rev. Bernard Timothy Appau, (Timo) Ghana
After graduating from ARI in 2001, Timo served local churches
in Ghana as a pastor while working his own farm and being
involved in rural development work. He also was engaged in
the support of HIV/AID patients and their families and the
eradication of Malaria. He was an ARI Training Assistant in
2007 and from 2008 he joined the ARI Community Life staff.
He has also been an instructor for poultry farming as well.
Since 2009, he has been a lecturer in the Utsunomiya
University International Carreer Development English Camp.
Richard Gardner is Professor of Religion
in the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University, and
editor of Monumenta Nipponica.
David H. Slater is a Professor of Cultural
Anthropology in the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University,
and the Director of The Institute of Comparative Culture.
In English; no translation.
Open to all, no prior registration necessary
Date & Time
28 April, 19:00-21:00
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