独立行政法人国際協力機構JICAは、日本の政府開発援助(ODA)を一元的に行う実施機関として、開発途上国への国際協力を行っています。JICAはJapan International Cooperation Agencyの略称です。









校 長  楠野 宣孝

【English version】”Guests from JICA”

On the afternoon of Friday February 14, nine guests from six developing countries, mainly in Africa, paid a visit to Shoin Junior High School. Together with four Shoin staff members, they took part in a ‘Survey & Research’ program hosted by JICA Kansai. This is the fourth visit since they first came last year.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is an integrated agency that provides Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) and facilitates international cooperation with developing countries. JICA is an abbreviation of Japan International Cooperation Agency.

The purpose of their visit was to observe ‘morning learning’ carried out here at Shoin Junior High School and exchange opinions on it. At our school, we make an effort to use 15 minutes of homeroom time in the morning as effectively as possible. It has been 12 years since we introduced this concept for making use of time before classes start.

Every time they visit, what JICA trainees really want to see is ‘Morning Module Learning’. From the activities carried out, the trainees seem to be most interested in the ‘100 Grid Calculation’, a method of learning through repetition which involves multiplication and other calculations carried out on a 10 x 10 grid of numbers. This particular activity is conducted from April to October with first graders at the junior high school. ‘100 Grid Calculation’ consists of a 10 x 10 table with 10 numbers each written vertically and horizontally. This helps to train students in addition, multiplication, subtraction, and the division of two numbers both vertically and horizontally. When we do these exercises, we measure how long it takes each student to complete them and record the time. The aim is to finish calculating within 2 minutes.

Before long, the students have learned to do basic calculations both accurately and quickly. In ‘Morning Module Learning’, there are also many other types of activities for students to do including, reading aloud, calculation drills, English listening and tasks using newspaper articles. All of these activities have three common purposes.

・ To acquire learning habits
・ To develop concentration
・ To obtain a sense of achievement and self-affirmation

The positive effects of these activities manifest in many ways. As the students’ basic academic skills become established, their lessons have become more enjoyable. In addition, the students have become more confident, and the results of their trial exams have improved dramatically. Furthermore, the students involved generally appear to be calmer and more thoughtful. A greater level of mental stability and presence of mind has been an unexpected benefit and has undoubtedly resulted in a steadily decline in the number of students visiting the sick room.

After further discussing ideas and opinions on the aforementioned activities and concluding the exchange with the JICA trainees, the trainees all committed to returning to their respective countries to spread what they had learned and seen at Shoin. Every year, through this program the countries from which trainees visit us differ and it provides us with a good opportunity to reconfirm and re-evaluate these morning learning activities.

Principal Nobutaka Kusuno