The 42nd International Educators to Japan Program (IEJ Program 2017) [June 18-29, 2017]

The 42nd International Educators to Japan Program (IEJ Program 2017)


Outline


In June of 2017, IIST implemented the IEJ Program,* in which Western educators involved in the teaching of Japanese children overseas are invited to Japan. The aim of this annual program is to convey Japanese business associations and Japanese schools’ gratitude to local school teachers and educators overseas and to enable them to deepen their understanding of school life, culture, and other aspects of Japan through school visits, home stays, and cultural activities.

*IEJ Program: Participants in the IEJ Program are dispatched by Japanese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Japanese schools, and other organizations such as international schools overseas. IIST has been placed in charge of overseeing the visits to Japan by the international educators since 2008.


Program duration: June 18 (Sun) - June 29 (Thu), 2017
Place: Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nara, Kyoto
Participants: 28 teachers, principals and school administrators from U.S.A. and Belgium


Sponsoring Japanese Business Associations (listed in order of year of initial participation)


• Japan Business Association of Southern California (JBA)
• Japanese Educational Institute of Houston
• Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Chicago (JCCC)
• Dallas Japanese Association (DJA)
• The Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia (JCCG)
• Japanese Business Association of the Rockies (JBAR)
• Japanese Business Society of Detroit (JBSD)
• Japanese Business Association of Portland (Shokokai of Portland)
• EU-Japan Center for Industrial Cooperation/ International School of Brussels (ISB)
• San Antonio Japanese Companies Association


In cooperation with:


Hiroo Gakuen Junior & Senior High School, Tachiai Elementary School, Seiko Kimono Cultural Foundation (Suzunoya Incorporated), NPO “Music Bring Peace”, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Motomachi Elementary School, Nara International Exchange Volunteers Association (NIEVA), Elementary School Attached to Nara Women's University, Ikaruga Town, Board of Education of Ikaruga Town, Ikaruga East Elementary School, Ikaruga International Friendship Association


Activities, Visited places


6/18 (Sun)
Arrival in Japan (Tokyo)

6/19 (Mon)
Orientation, Visit to Hiroo Gakuen Junior and Senior High School in Minato Ward

6/20 (Tue)
Visits to Tachiai Elementary School in Shinagawa Ward, Kimono wearing experience (Seiko Kimono Cultural Foundation)

6/21 (Wed)
Transfer to Hiroshima, Visit to the Peace Memorial Park, Peace Memorial Museum; lecture by Koji Matsuo, CEO of NPO “Music Bring Peace”

6/22 (Thu)
Visit to Motomachi Elementary School in Hiroshima City, visit to Miyajima-island
Transfer to Kyoto

6/23 (Fri)
Observing Kyoto

6/24 (Sat)
Transfer to Nara
Visit to Todaiji-temple, Horyuji-temple
Home stay

6/25 (Sun)
Free time with host families,
Home stay

6/26 (Mon)
Nara Group: Visit to Elementary School Attached to Nara Women's University
Ikaruga Group: Visit to Ikaruga East Elementary School in Ikaruga Town, Nara
Transfer to Tokyo

6/27 (Tue)
Field work or site visit in Tokyo or nearby

6/28(Wed)
Wrap-up meeting, Farewell Dinner

6/29 (Thu)
Departure from Japan

Demo lesson in Tachiai Elementary School

Demo lesson in Tachiai Elementary School

Meeting with Principal Ninomiya, Motomachi Elementary School in Hiroshima

Meeting with Principal Ninomiya, Motomachi Elementary School in Hiroshima


At Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

At Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Participants’ presentation (Wrap-up meeting)

Participants’ presentation
(Wrap-up meeting)



Related Article
IIST e-Magazine No.0271-1056 2017 International Educators to Japan (IEJ) Program (1)
From welcomed to belonged…How 10 Days in Japan Changed my Life.


IIST e-Magazine No.0272-1059 2017 International Educators to Japan (IEJ) Program (2)

—A Harmonious Community Preferred in Japan,
while Individualism Comes First in America

—Unique Opportunity to Immerse Ourselves in
Japanese History, Culture and Education


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