The 36th IEJ (International Educators to Japan) Program (FY2011)
IIST implements the IEJ Program, which involves inviting educators engaged in the education of Japanese children in Europe and North America to Japan. The Program gives foreign educators the opportunity to experience the educational environment in Japan through school visits, home stay, and other activities, as well as to come into contact with Japanese history and culture through visits to historical facilities, with the objective of having them utilize this experience in the classroom.
Dates: June 26(Sun)-July 7(Thu), 12days, 11 nights
Organized by: Institute for International Studies and Training
Co-sponsors: Suzunoya Incorporated, Calbee, Inc.
Cooperating organizations: Ikaruga Homestay Society, Nara International Exchange Volunteers Association
Dispatching organizations: San Diego Nihongo Kyoiku Shinkokai, The Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia, Dallas Japanese Association, Japanese Business Society of Detroit, Shokookai of Portland, Toronto Japanese Association of Commerce and Industry, Midland Japanese Association, EU-Japan Center for Industrial Cooperation
12 educators from four Western countries
Participating countries: United States (7 persons) Canada (2 persons), United Kingdom (1 person), Belgium (2 persons)
Tachiai Elementary School in Shinagawa Ward
Kudan Secondary School in Chiyoda Ward
Elementary School Attached to Nara Women's University
Ikaruga Nishi Elementary School
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Plant of Calbee Inc.;
Tour of Kyoto
Through the school visits, home stay, and regional tours, the participants learned about the environment surrounding the Japanese education, as well as Japanese culture and society.
School visits provided a valuable opportunity for them to engage in communications with foreign students with a completely different cultural background and language. In addition, through lively discussions with Japanese teachers, the participants were able to deepen their understanding of schools and the educational system in Japan.
Exchange with families and local people through the home stays helped the participants to understand Japanese culture and society, as well as the role of the family and local community in education.
It is hoped that the participants will be able to utilize this experience and provide even more effective education to their Japanese students.
International Exchange Dept.
• IIST e-Magazine No.0198-0809 The trip that almost never was. -Impression on IEJ Program-
• IIST e-Magazine No.0196-0801 The 2011 International Educators to Japan (IEJ) Program starts as scheduled