Businesses are actively promoting “delivery education,” sending lecturers and technicians to elementary and junior high schools to supplement the teaching of unconventional subjects, such as the environment and information technology, and food and career education.
At Naze Elementary School in Amami, Kagoshima Prefecture, for example, children learned from a “teacher” sent by the firm how to make “Amami burgers” from black pigs, the meat of the poisonous “habu” snake, island bananas and other local food.
This year, NTT East Corp. has sent lecturers to more than 50 schools for “Net Safety” education.
At Saiwai Elementary School in Tachikawa, western Tokyo, all fourth-graders received a lesson on trouble involving mobile phones and the Internet by looking at slides featuring animated characters, such as dolphins and bees.
“The dreams of children will grow if they are in touch with many adults whose jobs they want to engage in through these lessons,” said Shinichi Yoshioka, who is a teacher at the elementary school.
Daisuke Fujikawa, director of the Association of Cooperation and Education, a nonprofit organization well-versed in this style of education, said he believes delivery classes enhance children’s motivation to learn.
“What is important is to let cool adults show them and let them know that what is enjoyable is to become socially responsible,” said Fujikawa, who also works as an associate professor of education methods at Chiba University.
“We hope delivery education will be used as much as possible.”
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