The 37th IEJ (International Educators to Japan) Program (FY2012)
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.
Date: June 24 (Sun) - July 5 (Thu), 2012, 12days, 11 nights
Places: Tokyo, Nara, Aichi, Hiroshima, Kyoto
Organized by: Institute for International Studies and Training
Co-sponsors: Calbee, Inc.,Suzunoya Incorporated
Cooperating organizations: Ikaruga Homestay Society,Nara International Exchange Volunteers Association,Toyota International Association
Dispatching organizations: Dallas Japanese Association, EU-Japan Center for Industrial Cooperation, Japan Business Association of Southern California (JBA), Japanese Business Society of Detroit, Japanese Educational Institute of Huston, Japanese Firms Association of Colorado, San Antonio Japanese Companies Association, Shokokai of Portland, The Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia, Toronto Japanese Association of Commerce and Industry
34 educators from three Western countries
Participating countries: United States (28 persons), Canada (3 persons), Belgium (3 persons)
Arrival in Japan
Orientation, tour of Tokyo
Visits to Tachiai Elementary School in Shinagawa Ward and Kudan Secondary School in Chiyoda Ward
Experience of kimono wearing at Suzunoya Inc.
(1) (24 persons) Transfer to Nara; visit to Todaiji temple; home stays in Nara and Ikaruga
(2) (8 persons) Transfer to Toyota; visit to Toyota Motor Corp. Motomachi Plant; discussions with Toyota Motor personnel; home stay
(1) Visits to Elementary School Attached to Nara Women's University and Ikaruga Elementary School; home stay
(2) Visits to Honan Junior High School, Wakazone Junior High School, and Maebayashi Junior High School in Toyota City; home stay
Transfer to Hiroshima
Visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum; lecture by Mr. Koji Matsuo, Chief Executive Counselor, Calbee, Inc.; visit to Miyajima
Visit to the Calbee Hiroshima Plant; transfer to Kyoto
Tour of Kyoto
Wrap-up meeting; closing ceremony
Departure from Japan
At the various elementary and junior high schools visited, the participants experienced the educational environment in Japan, which are quite different from those in the United States and Europe, through an observation of classes, giving lessons themselves, participation in school lunches together with the children, calligraphy experience, observation of cleaning activities, and so on. In discussions with teachers, through lively question-and-answer sessions, they deepened their understanding of the classroom environment and educational system in Japan. In addition, the home stays in Nara, Ikaruga, and Toyota were a valuable opportunity for the participants to come into contact with lifestyles and ways of thinking that were not evident from their school visits. In the final wrap-up meeting, the participants reported about what they had experienced and learned in the program and discussed and considered how they could utilize the experience in their own classrooms. It is hoped that the participants will also be able to utilize the experience gained in the teaching of Japanese children living overseas and thereby facilitate the children's adaptability.
• IIST e-Magazine No.0210-0857 2012 International Educators to Japan (IEJ) Program
International Exchange Dept.