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Support the learning

There are approximately 130,000 people in Japan that have not finished compulsory education (FY2010 census). In addition, there are a number of youth that have received graduation certificate on paper despite not receiving proper education due to hikikomori or truancy. The main focus of this activity is to support the education of these people or grown-ups that were not able to go to junior high school due to poverty.

Source : “For the Establishment and Improvement of Junior High Night Schools”, July 2018, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (“MEXT”)

Organizations that “Support the learning”

  • Fukushima Station Independent Junior High Night School
  • Okayama Independent Junior High Night School

Message from supporters

What it is to learn

Kihei Maekawa
Former Vice Minister of MEXT

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Every person has the right to education, the right to learn, as a fundamental human right. Learning is indispensable for people to live with humanity. UNESCO’s International Conference on Adult Education states in their “Declaration of the Right to Learn” (1985),
“The right to learn is: the right to read and write; the right to question and analyse; the right to imagine and create; the right to read one’s own world and to write history; the right to have access to educational resources; the right to develop individual and collective skills.”
“The right to learn is an indispensable tool for the survival of humanity. If we want the peoples of the world to be self-sufficient in food production and other essential human needs, they must have the right to learn.”
To learn is to think. To learn is to develop. To learn is to create. To learn is to live. However, even in Japan today, there are people that have been deprived of their rights to learn. There are people who could not go to school due to reasons such as poverty, discrimination or abuse, people that were given graduation certificate on paper despite not going to school or people that have come to Japan without completing compulsory education. Public junior high night schools have provided opportunities for these people to learn in order to guarantee their rights to learn for over 70 years after the war. Independent junior high night schools were hand made to create a place to learn in regions that do not have public junior high night schools. There are people that are seeking for a place to learn right next to you. Try to see and you will find them.

Organizations that “Support the learning”

Fukushima Station Independent Junior High Night School

We hold 2 hour classes 4 times a month for people ranging from 20 year olds to people in their 80s that were not able to learn sufficiently during childhood due to various reasons such as situations at home or truancy. What they learn at our school is also diverse. For example, some people learn the alphabet and some learn how to read and understand current issues on newspapers. We also wish to start promotional activities to inform people with potential interest to learn again of the presence of our school.
[Use of donations]
Promotional activity covering the entire city to inform people with potential interest to learn again of the presence of our night school (designing and printing of brochures and distribution, etc.)

Fukushima Station Independent Junior High Night School

Okayama Independent Junior High Night School

The school started in April, 2017. As of December, 2018, we have over 70 students studying curriculums of compulsory education at the Okayama International Center. The students that are learning again range from teenagers to people in their 80s with diverse background such as people not having completed compulsory education, people that have graduation certificates on paper without proper learning, truant students and people of foreign origin. Although we have just about managed to operate with member fees from staffs and donations, our funding situation is very tough. We would very much appreciate your support.
[Use of donations]
Investment to expand the school to cope with increasing number of new applicants we could not accept such as people with graduation certificates on paper without proper education
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Okayama Independent Junior High Night School