Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture Don’t think of it as “truancy.” A local community where children can find a way of life that suits them ~ The “Ueda Okemaaru Junior Center” will open on 1/23 (Monday)

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[Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture] Don’t think of it as “truancy.” A local community where children can find a way of life that suits them ~ The “Ueda Okemaaru Junior Center” will open on 1/23 (Monday)
Whether you go to school or not, you can relax in the local community and create a free place where you can learn and grow in your own way while experiencing various experiences.

“Japan Workers’ Cooperative Federation (Workers’ Co-op) Federation Center Business Group” (located in Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Chairman Yoko Tanaka, hereinafter “workers’ co-op”) ) The Ueda Office (located in Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture, Director Orie Hayashi) operates the Ueda Okemaaru Junior Center, a place where children can freely learn and grow, regardless of whether they are attending school or not. Location: Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture Center Director Miyuki Kobayashi) will open on January 23, 2023 (Monday).
Together with high school and university student volunteers who go to the Ueda area, we operate a place where children can freely do what they like, and where anyone can stop by and enjoy themselves. In addition to holding many events that create various intergenerational exchanges, we also provide learning support and consultation on problems.

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In 2021, 240,000 elementary and junior high school students will not attend school, and in 2020, the number of suicides among elementary, junior high and high school students will hit a record low. School refusal is neither the child’s fault nor the parent’s fault, but rather that we live in a society that cannot respond to each child’s unique sensibilities. A group (Chairman: Takumi Homma, third-year student at Nagano University) will be established, and the “Ueda Okemaaru Junior Center” will be opened on January 23, 2023 (Monday), where children can spend their time freely.
“Ueda Okemaaru Junior Center” has comics and board games, and is equipped with refrigerators and kettles for snacks, creating an environment where you can spend your time freely. Also, every Wednesday, Ueda High School students provide learning support for elementary and junior high school students. We will also set up a consultation desk for children and guardians to provide comprehensive support for child-rearing in the region.
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relaxing space
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Tsukue space
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manga corner
The “Ueda Okemaaru Junior Center” will be open to the public as a place where anyone can spend their time freely, not only children, but also university students and the elderly. We will operate it as an open local community base where anyone in the area can stop by whenever they want, and we will also hold various events involving diverse people living in the area. Activities are also planned for children to create their own learning by linking children’s interests and concerns to local people who are knowledgeable about them. “Ueda Okemaaru Junior Center” is a place where anyone from children to adults can stop by and smile and go at their own pace.
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Children’s cafeteria Okemaru Shokudo, which is also affiliated with the Ueda Office
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Children enjoying themselves at Okemaru Shokudo
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People from Ueda Higashi High School and Nagano University, who jointly run Okemaru Shokudo
Overview of Ueda Okemaru Junior Center
Address: 〒386-0012 4-9-1 Chuo, Ueda City, Nagano Prefecture Ueda City Workers’ Welfare Center 2F
Target audience: Children, students, students, guardians, anyone living in the community
Opening date: Monday, January 23, 2023
Business hours: Monday-Friday 10:00-15:00, excluding Thursdays        * Learning support is every Wednesday 15:00-20:30
      ※ Events, etc. may be held on Saturdays and Sundays
        ※ Closed on New Year’s holidays and on the third Wednesday of each month due to the Ueda City Workers’ Welfare Center
      ※There may be irregular holidays, so please check the following website and SNS when visiting.
Homepage: https://sites.google.com/view/okemaaru-egao
SNS: Twitter https://twitter.com/egao_ok
   Instagram https://www.instagram.com/egao_ok/
Contact: okemaaru@gmail.com
       080 4423 6607 (Contact: Kobayashi)
In addition, we are planning to hold the Ueda Okemaru Junior Center opening ceremony in April. When the details are decided, we will tell you again.
Workers’ co-op child care business
Workers’ Co-op believes in the ability of children to grow up on their own, and supports children’s own “parenting” rather than “parenting”. A region where children can come into contact with various values ​​and experience various things in the rich local relationships such as nature, people, and culture, and grow up with each individual demonstrating their differences and individuality. An area where you can be moved by the brilliance of water and the vitality of living things, where you can try anything, sometimes make mistakes, fight, and laugh together. Workers’ Co-op works with various groups and individuals who share the same idea to create a community where children can “raise children” with peace of mind.
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Workers’ Co-op Center Business Group Overview
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Regarding the Workers’ Cooperatives Act (Law No. 78 of 2020, enacted in December 2020, enforced in October 2022)
Until now, workers’ cooperatives (workers’ cooperatives) did not have the corporate status of agricultural cooperatives, consumer
cooperatives, and fishermen’s cooperatives. As the practice of cooperative labor spread throughout the country and efforts were made to collect signatures and adopt written opinions, the ruling and opposition parties unanimously passed the law.
Cooperative labor means working in a “cooperative relationship.” It is a way of working in which workers make their own investments, become members of the union, and conduct business through discussions. Unlike corporate associations and NPOs, there is no need for authorization and certification, and unlike NPOs, there are no restrictions on the field of activity.
The law recognizes the right of “one person, one vote” regardless of the amount of investment. The basic principle of workers’ cooperatives is that each individual invests and becomes a member, participates in management by reflecting their opinions, and engages in the business themselves. Utilizing this law, we aim to make cooperative labor a driving force to change society.

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