Since all of ‘students’ in the program are adults, and have demonstrated themselves as leaders in their community, ARI prefers the term ‘participant,’ rather than ‘student’ or ‘trainee.’ ARI actively recruits people from the most marginalized rural communities from countries in Asia and Africa. Some examples include tribal peoples, minorities, and those oppressed by the caste system. Each year there are about 25 – 30 participants in the program, from 14 -16 different countries.
This year we have 10 participants from 7 countries (including one training assistant). It is always the goal of ARI to have a 50/50 male-female ratio; however, it is not always possible to achieve this due to conservative and often discriminatory policies of some organizations or societies. The most important point about the international participants is their devotion to their people and their commitment to utilize their training at ARI for the positive development of their home communities.
Open PDF: The Class of 2020 Photo Roster
10 participants from 7 countries, who against all odds in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, were able to come to ARI. Although only a small number of participants were able to come this year because of COVID-19, we are happy to be able to introduce them and their dreams for the future to you.
This movie was created for the 2020 Harvest Thanksgiving Celebration (HTC) held in October. We express our warm thanks to Momoko Watanabe, who directed and edited this video, as well as assistant editors Kai Shinoda and Noriko Nakayama.