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Contribution to developing countries

Introduction of Kumon Method Study into BRAC Schools

In addition to environmental preservation efforts the Kumon Group is also making a proactive contribution to local communities.

A project was begun in 2014 involving the cooperation of JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) with the Bangladeshi NGO BRAC, which carries out a variety of anti-poverty activities, to implement Kumon Method study in elementary schools operated to by BRAC in Bangladesh.

The BRAC schools that have introduced Kumon Method study provide free education for children who are too poor to afford school or for children in areas where there are no schools nearby. Kumon Method math study is carried out by students each day beginning 30 minutes before regular classes begin. The aim is to boost academic skills.

500 students in third and fourth grade of elementary school in 17 BRAC schools used the Kumon Method for approximately eight months in 2015. As a result, students not only improved their proficiency in math and their calculation speed, they also became more proactive in their participation in class and increased their motivation to study. In the future there are plans to open Kumon Centers in the capital, Dhaka, directly operated by BRAC.

The Kumon Group will continue to support the improvement of education in developing countries. We will strive to make a contribution to local communities by helping students discover their potential and develop their abilities to the maximum.

Contributing to the Accomplishment of Sustainable Development Goals

In September of 2015 the United Nation set forth the Sustainable Development Agenda for 2030 with the aim of realizing a world in which poverty has been eliminated. There are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 Targets that have been specified.

The work of the Kumon Group with the BRAC NGO from Bangladesh is aimed at contributing to the achievement of SDG Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.

In addition to our environmental work the Kumon Group will work to make a contribution to the achievement of the United Nation’s SDGs by providing high quality study with the Kumon Method to as many children around the world as possible.