The importance of nonformal education in the success of Dôwa education
This chapter discusses the Goshomi district to explore the significance and role of kominkan in local communities. Since kominkan have strong links with their local communities, the status and context of the local community must be taken into account. The Goshomi district appears to maintain an environment and conditions conducive to the formation of what Putnam calls social capital, the 'capital' of relationships of mutual trust, norms and networks. kominkan are now required to respond to lifestyle and community issues such as the environment, welfare, health care, peace and human rights, as well as provide projects for children and young people who until now have tended to make little use of kominkan. They are expected to do this in collaboration with a wide range of partners. Programs for children and young people include special courses held during the summer and winter holidays on themes such as local culture, industry and history.