National AJET 2012 Elections
When’s the last time you gave MEXT feedback about your job? How about the last time you attended a JET event outside of Gunma? And the last time someone’s given you extra money to become a better teacher?
If you’re wondering what these three things have in common, the answer is simple: National AJET. National AJET pride themselves on “Community, Resource, and Voice”, keeping JETs connected to each other and the greater educational system in Japan, as well as helping JETs do their jobs to the best of their ability with resources and scholarships.
As a part of the Gunma community, to AJET you’re one piece in a larger ‘block’ of Japan. Block 3: Gunma, Saitama, Ibaraki, Tochigi, and Nagano Prefectures. This past year, understandably, our block hasn’t been that connected as everyone’s focused a little closer to home. This year we’re hoping to change that.
And that’s where I come in. My name’s Sabbi Topal, I’m from Nagano, and I’m running uncontested in the National AJET 2012 elections to be Block 3 rep for the next AJET year.
If all goes to plan, you’ll be hearing from me once a month about AJET’s surveys, scholarships, contests, awards, and events. I want to meet you, to sit down and talk with you. I want you to have some regional pride. I also want to hear your opinions, complaints, hopes, and dreams for the JET Programme.
We’re in this Block 3 boat together, and I want to improve our lives and communities. I’m willing to take the good as well as the bad, so let’s get to know each other more. Get revenge for my frequent pestering by pestering me back!
I’ll be sending out a few messages and hopefully coming to meet as many of you as possible in person sometime soon, but until then, I leave you with one announcement.
Right now, as a JET in Japan, you have a choice! You may vote for me as your representative or you may abstain from voting. You may also vote for a National AJET Chair, Vice-Chair, and Treasurer. Don’t miss this chance! Take a few minutes to read through the election statements on the AJET website and choose the people you want to represent you.
You have until March 21st 2012 to vote, so make your voice heard. I look forward to hearing it more soon!