インターナショナル寺子屋とは?

かつての商店街や街には、親身になって褒めてくれたり、叱ってくれたりする
親や先生以外のおじちゃんやおばちゃんがたくさんいて、
街全体で子どもを見守る環境がありました。

しかし、効率化が最優先された20世紀後期、
物事はあらゆる分野で次々と細分化されました。
学びの分野で言えば、いつのまにか受験や就職のために勉強をして、
"教えるという役割"は学校や塾に一任される仕組みが出来あがり、
本来、街が果たすべき役割やおとなが担う責任も忘れ去られていきました。

この『インターナショナル寺子屋』は、
21世紀の新たな学びの場として立ち上がった"コミュニティプロジェクト"です。
かつて、街が人を育て、おとなと子どもが同じコミュニティで学んだように、
行政や学校ではできない、多世代、多人種が共に学べる機会を
ご提供することを目的としてスタートいたします。

インターナショナル寺子屋

主催:インターナショナル寺子屋運営事務局
企画・企画制作:株式会社umari、株式会社スティルウォーター

What is the International TERAKOYA?

While it may sound like an entirely different world to those working hard to raise families in the present day, it wasn't all that long ago that the surrounding people and places of the local community played a vital role in the upbringing of the neighborhood children and served as pillar of support to local parents and families. Education and learning were indispensable and inseparable roles of the local town and community - that's because it was inherent to the social nature of the community.

However somewhere along the line, concepts of "teaching" and "learning" changed. With "efficiency" becoming of foremost importance, the roles of teachers, students, and workers became fragmented and compartmentalized, and the roles of the community fractured along with it. "Teaching" became reserved for the classroom, as did "learning," and the focus of a great deal of formal education gradually evolved to serve as little more than a formula for students to deduce in order to pass exams and enter universities. Somewhere along the line, that local community dissipated, and the vital role that it played became lost along with it.

International TERAKOYA is our way of fusing community and learning in a way that serves as both an introduction, as well as a reintroduction, to a form of education for families seeking a more social, practical, mutually-supportive, and community-centric option, not just for the children, but for their families and those within the community as well. International Terakoya provides an environment where people of all ages and backgrounds can learn together, grow together, and support one another in ways that only a diverse and involved local community is able.

There is a lot that we can learn from one another. International TERAKOYA is here to show you how.

International TERAKOYA

Operated by: International TERAKOYA Office of Operations
Project design by: umari Inc. / stillwater co., ltd.

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