Kanazawa School for Special Needs Education is a special needs school for students with physical disabilities and intellectual disabilities. Kanazawa School for Special Needs Education consists of three schools, primary school, junior high school ,and high school. Its high school has been offering a “vocational” class as part of its career development education since 2020. In the class, the students work on new projects to connect the school with the local community.
One of the efforts is the production of handbags made from discarded copy paper wrappers from the school’s printing room. The bags’ handles are made from scraps from the production of socks at the socks manufacturer. They are all different sizes or coloring, and each is a one-of-a-kind handmade product.
There are six major work processes in total, from opening the wrapping paper to knitting the handles. Each process is divided into separate jobs, taking advantage of each student’s ability and sensitivity. By creating the opportunity that students can develop their individual strengths, such as dexterity in detailed work, concentration on complex processes, and sensitivity to color and pattern selection, the class can expand the range of their future dreams and career choices.
In collaboration with local products, the products are exhibited at local marches and events across the city.