SEISA Africa Asia Bridge 2022 (SAAB), the SEISA Group's largest event for international exchange between Africa and Asia, was held on Saturday, November 12th as a hybrid of face-to-face and online under the theme of "Chikei" (To know and connect). This year's event was again held online, connecting with the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme, New York), Myanmar, and other countries around the world, bringing together about 40,000 people from more than 31 countries, mainly in Africa and Asia, to learn and engage with each other.

SAAB, which continues to evolve every year and is now in its 8th year, this year offered 7 channels simultaneously. In the "Bhutan, Eritrea, and Myanmar Cultural Exchange" of Learn and Connect Project (4ch), we connected online with a Japanese language school in Myanmar to deepen exchanges with local students. In addition to students from Eritrea and Bhutan studying at SEISA, Su Myat Myat Naing and Kaung Khant Oo, who graduated from SEISA Kokusai High School Shonan in March this year, joined us online from Myanmar. In this program, Mr. Dejen, an Eritrean student and Mr. Penjor, a Bhutanese student currently studying at SEISA University, summarized their visit to Enoshima and Kamakura and introduced them to Myanmar students.

There was also an opportunity to enjoy a Japanese drum performance by "Dako-on", a creative Japanese drum group from SEISA. SEISA's international students were also exposed to Japanese drums for the first time, and their powerful and comfortable sound made their hearts dance and dance.

Meanwhile, SAAB's first charity marathon, "Connecting the Tasuki (sash) of Smile Project" was held on the Sports ch (5ch). Six runners completed the 50-kilometer journey from Ninomiya-town, Nakagun to the Yokohama venue (SEISA High School). The last runner was Kesete, an Eritrean staff member of our foundation, who has been working as a bridge between Eritrea and Japan, and cut the finishing tape at the Yokohama venue amidst lively cheering. After finishing the race, he said, "It is thanks to Honorary President Mr. Miyazawa that I am now able to fulfill my mission as a bridge between our two countries. I am sincerely grateful. I will continue to do what I can in my own way and do my part in the future.”

SAAB will continue to move forward in order to realize our cherished philosophy of "KYOSEI" in various forms.

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