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Education for a sustainable future

Provision of education for special needs children and adults

The Kumon Group is providing Kumon Method study for welfare facilities for children, support for child development, after-school etc. day service, transition to work support, independence training facilities, etc. We are providing support for children with special needs and rehabilitation education for adults as well as for job training.

The Kumon Method is a learning method that each person maximize their individual abilities. This is the same for individuals with special needs. We want everyone to experience the joy of learning and of accomplishment and to develop their ability to learn by themselves.

Students of course gain the basic academic abilities to read, write, and do math. They also gain self-learning ability and perseverance to attain goals without giving up so as to build the foundation for self-realization.

In the facilities where the Kumon Method has been introduced users and persons involved have made comments such as, “he has gradually begun to speak” and “she has gained so much confidence that I almost don’t recognize her.”

In addition, the Kumon Method Japanese language study is being used for education for foreign students at universities, high schools, and vocational schools as well as for foreign staff involved in specialized work in within Japanese companies and as a training tool for foreign technical trainees.

Making a contribution to developing nations

The Kumon Group is also making efforts to improve education in developing countries.

We have been working with JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) in elementary schools operated by BRAC, an NGO in Bangladesh that fights poverty, to implement a Kumon Method study project that began in 2014.

Kumon Method study has been introduced into free BRAC schools that provide education to students who are too poor to go to school or who live in areas where there are no schools nearby. In 2015 in 17 BRAC schools a pilot program of Kumon Method study for approximately 500 students was conducted for approximately eight months. As a result, math ability and calculation speed increased. In addition, proactive participation in lessons and motivation to study also increased.

In 2017 a Kumon Center was opened in the capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka, and in March of 2018 BRAC set up a new company named BRAC Kumon Limited that will be in charge of company-operated Centers and the set-up and operation of franchised Centers in Bangladesh as well as the promotion of marketing of the Kumon Method in Bangladesh.

As of November of 2019 there were 300 students studying in two Centers that are aimed at mid- to high-income earners. The revenue from these two Centers will be used for the operations of the free BRAC schools. We aim to provide sustainable support to children in the poorer segment of the population.

Contributing to achieving SDGs

In September 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 Kumon Group has decided to focus on SDG 4 (quality education for all) and SDG 17 (achieving goals through partnerships). We will work with partners and aim to continue to be an organization that contributes to the solution of social problems on a global scale through education.

In Japan, we are conducting appropriate educational support to meet the needs of persons with special needs, people dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease, and others. Globally, we are working with local NGOs to provide learning opportunities in developing countries and to train teachers.

The Kumon Group is contributing to the realization of the SDGs through the provision of Kumon Method study so that people around the world can discover their potential and maximize their abilities to the fullest.