JAPAN, 20 JUNE 2021 – Jinseki International School (JINIS), the first elementary boarding style school located in Jinseki, Hiroshima, collaborates with the Global Esports Federation (GEF) and Japan eSports Union (JeSU) to host a new initiative called “JINIS Esports Day”. This was a first collaboration between the GEF and JeSU with an educational institution to host an “Esports Day” for students.
Details of JINIS Esports Day
Participants: JINIS Students between 1st to 5th grade, teachers, parents
Organizers and coaches: Members from GEF and JeSU
0: A lecture for teachers
Guidance and lecture program by GEF and Dr. Dikaia Chatziefstathiou on Safe Sport and Safeguarding. Creating a space and opportunity for teachers to learn more about the impacts and dangers of the internet.
1: Nutrition Day (June 3, 2022)
A class by Mrs. Nakajima on how our nutritional intake could affect our eyesight, hearing, physical and mental health. Chef Keisuke Matsushima, a Michelin Star chef and advisor to JINIS also sent a message to JINIS students about how important food and nutrition is. The students then created a menu for the upcoming Esports Day to serve to their parents.
2: Mental and Physical Health Day (June 16, 2022)
A day for students to learn problem-solving, multi-tasking, communication, and teamwork skills through activities relating to mental and physical health. Students were divided into four teams of 10 students, and they went through the activities together to reach their goals. At the end, the students completed a Treasure Hunt, encouraging students to reflect on their learnings and challenges of that day and work together. The first team to finish was the winner.
3: Final Esports Day (June 17, 2022)
The students experienced an Esports Competition in the school. They competed in teams, they used and practiced the skills they had learnt in the days before. The students were able to play and have fun in a safe environment that the school had created for them.
Chris Chan, President of the Global Esports Federation, said:
We congratulate everyone on the occasion of the first, JINIS Esports Day. As we think to the future, and the future of work, education is the key. Under the leadership of our colleague, GEF Board Member and President of JeSU, Hideki Okamura, Japan has always been a leading light on the global landscape. Japan, a member of the GEF Education Alliance (G10) with the 10 most developed esports nations on earth are once again guiding the future of tomorrow, today. Congratulations to Minako Suematsu and the entire community at Jinseki International School for being a great partner in this pioneering initiative. Welcome to #worldconnected.
Sayo Okamoto, Chair of the Global Esports Federation Youth Council, said:
Vocabulary skills, expression of thoughts, feelings, and interests expand massively starting at the age of six. Six years old is when children develop their emotional and social skills. At the age of eight, children expand their concentration time and at age 10, their judgment skills develop. Watching television and playing video games have proven to be a sophisticated form of entertainment as it uses high levels of technology and graphics to stimulate a child’s thoughts, feelings, and gaining of knowledge. However, there are various concerns with studies expressing potential excessive television and gaming among younger children.
A collaboration between Jinseki International School (JINIS), the Japan eSports Union (JeSU) and the Global Esports Federation (GEF), emphasizes the active creation of a safer environment for young students to learn about how and when to use technology. They seek to establish tangible initiatives that uplift our vision for a safe, inclusive, and healthy global esports ecosystem that celebrates and inspires youth. With the proactive collaboration between JINIS, JeSU, and the GEF, esports will be applied as an educational tool to strengthen these values and provide guidance in the new field of technology and esports.
Minako Suematsu, Founder and Chairperson of Jinseki Kogen Gakuen Institution, said:
This Esports Day and the activities that this program entails will encourage and support the development of the positive skills listed below, whilst using esports as a tool for education.
● Problem solving
● Quick decision making (clear and confident)
● Technological skills
● Multi-tasking skills
● Improved communication
The core values of JINIS are Endeavour, Responsibility, Integrity, and Courage. These values align and connect to the values of GEF which are Equality, Fair Play, Diversity, Inclusion and Innovation at its core.
About the Global Esports Federation
The Global Esports Federation promotes the credibility, legitimacy, and prestige of esports. We convene athletes, players, the world’s publishers, developers, industry partners and sporting organizations on one inclusive platform. We encourage and support the connection between esports, sport and technology. Our mission calls for the development of visible initiatives that are in service to the world’s esports community. We are grateful for a collective of strategic partnerships that bring to life this mission. www.globalesports.org
The “Japan Esports Union”(JeSU) is a general sports organization for esports, which was established on February 1, 2018, to promote and develop the domestic esports industry. Through the promotion of esports in Japan, JeSU aims to improve competitiveness and spread sportsmanship among the nation’s people and contribute to the health of the people as well as the development of the society and economy.
JINIS is Japan’s first full-boarding primary school, in a country where boarding schools are not as popular as they are in other parts of the world, such as Europe or North America. Uniquely in Japan, JINIS provides an environment where children can be children in a natural setting. As well as excellent academic and boarding facilities, JINIS has a Japanese garden of over 33,000 square metres, four Japanese tea rooms, a farm and a Bizen pottery workshop. Website: https://jinis.jp/