Kiwami’s focus is on primary education: Mitsuyo Tamai

Mitsuyo Tamai, Founder, Kiwami , a Japan-based out school learning institute, talks about the primary education scenario in her country

The literacy rate of students in Japan is almost 100%

The literacy rate of students in Japan is almost 100%

What is the literacy rate of students in Japan between the age group of 0-14 enrolled in Pre-School and Primary education?

The literacy rate of students in Japan is almost 100%.

What is the percentage of students in Japan going to private and public education?

According to survey conducted by the Ministry of Education, Japan, the percentage of students going to private schools are as follows. (The rest of students go to government schools)

Percentage of students going to private schools

Elementary school   1.1%

Junior high school    7.2%

High school   29.8%

University    73.6%

What is the unique differentiation of Primary education and Pre-school education in Japan?

In pre-school education, students learn through playing, however, in primary education, classes are conducted according to textbooks. In pre-school education, teachers focus on each child’s creativity, interest and have children conduct various types of activities they selected. On the other hand, in primary education, they use the same textbook and act altogether.

Why people should go for Kiwami’s “Tamai Method”?

There are three points which makes us stand out from other teaching methods.

Firstly, our teaching materials are developed with its focus on primary education.

The reason we focus on primary education is based on the brain science. It is said that the human brain develops rapidly between birth to age twelve and it will reach the same volume as adult at the age of twelve.

This is a very important stage where basic academic abilities and emotional development are formed as children will go through a long life.

Therefore, we strongly believe that our teaching material should also focus on this important period.

Secondly, all the teaching materials developed by Tamaishiki (Tamai’s method) has the same theme in common, which is ‘imaginative skills’, including spatial perception ability.

Memorizing knowledge, formulae, method or languages is important. However, in order to apply the acquired knowledge into practice, “imaginative skills” and “creativity” would be essential. By using beautiful movies in our teaching materials, it helps children to visualize the learning content of each subject more easily.

Third, children can compete with others wherever they are in the world. KIWAMI Geometry focuses on geometry questions, but not only here in India, but also in many other countries, including Japan, children will solve the same questions and will know they rank globally. This will surely motivate children.

What is the learning outcome of Tamai method?

The result of the exam proved that there is a significant difference in grades between students who have studied with Tamai Method and those who haven’t. Students who have studied with Tamai Method successfully matriculated into prestigious schools, showing a big achievement.

How many branches does Kiwami have?

Currently, we have one branch in Delhi, however, going forward, since we will be actively engaging in sales pitch to schools, so that we can provide support for teachers, we plan on opening new branches other than Delhi.

What is the objective of Kiwami’s coming to India?

Japan is a county which excels in developing technology, as represented by Shinkansen (bullet train) because Japan is an advanced country in the field of education.

We would like as many Indian children as possible to use made-in-Japan teaching materials so that they will have affection toward Japan. We are hopeful that in the future

India and Japan will still have a nice and peaceful relationship together. This is the main goal of Tamaishiki, our teaching method. We would like to highlight that we did not enter Indian market for the reason that India has a high population so we can easily sell our products. We value relationship between India and Japan more than anything.

Combining strength India has and Japan has, we aim to co-develop a teaching material and spread such a material to all over the world.

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