＊Who are we?
LiDS is a group which aims to create a developed education opportunity for children in the world, under the slogan of “Move your lids! (Take away your anxiety and just do what you want to)”
We aim to establish a new international school, led by the private sector where everybody can enroll with a school fee which costs as much as a public school. Also, we aim to provide a learning opportunity for anyone who have a desire to learn.
＊Why is there a need to establish new international schools?
In recent years, globalization is expanding in various fields. Therefore, most schools are paying attention to people with a global mindset who leave Japan and become successful. As the number
of foreigners in Japan increases each year, there is a need for us to be globalized.
Next, we feel that the shortest way for children to get an all rounded education focusing on the needs of the future is through graduating from famous schools instead of paying expensive school fees.
Also, we realized that the number of public schools incorporating English education is very minimal. Therefore, an advanced school should be implemented to provide high quality education and a positive education environment. However, the issue is with the educational disparities an individual face due to their inborn social status.
Outside Japan, there a lot of children who can’t afford to get enough education due to their social status. With this, we feel that the education system in most countries, including Japan is flawed and such children should be given an opportunity to learn. Therefore, there is a need to address their desire to learn without looking at their social status.
＊Our organization plan
This organization was established to operate a new system of international schools where anyone can enroll with a school fee which costs as much as a public school.
If we are not ready by then, we aim to accomplish these three targets by 2025:
1. Crafting a curriculum based on globalization in the future and attaining educators for the curriculum
2. Promote an understanding for the need of an education based on globalization to
children and their parents.
3. Introduce the necessity of “Education for globalization” to companies and
gain their support.
＊If you are in line with our organization’s goals and mission
If you are interested to support us in any way, please feel free to submit your application as we look forward to your application.
Please refer to the following E-mail address.
Recently, the media is covering population concentration in a big city. With that, there are many local schools which will be combined and reorganized without any media coverage. The reason for this is not solely based on the declining birth rates in Japan. In 2011 when I came back from studying abroad, I heard about the news of the reduction in unification of local junior high school and I was very sad. If people demand for a good education, they would move into the city from the countryside. As a result, the industry in the countryside declines, and there is an increase in abandoned houses like my hometown. Therefore, if I’d like to do something about my deserted hometown, I feel that there is a need to revitalize the place through establishing attractive schools and even international schools which LiDs aims to create.
Also, the differences in education options cause another impact. Currently, You have to live in an urban area if an individual is seeking to get a good education and this in turn incurs high educational expenses. With the believe of wanting their child to seek a better career, even a parent who is not devoted to the education would agree with the increasing educational expenses in rural areas. This statement is supported by a “Survey on Junior High School Entrance Exam” (2012 Benesse Education Research Institute) where families with a high income will pay more to allow their child to study in a private school for an all rounded education.
However, due to factors such as City area and living environment, parents may not know that an enhancement of private school education exists. Even if they had known it, other factors besides their child’s academic ability causes them to give up on the idea of their children going to a private school. Also, International schools with a good educational curriculum are also hard to find.
It is said that the total population of Japan will decrease to 80 million by 2025. In order to maintain the economy and labor force, the Japanese government has no choice but to allow people from foreign countries to settle down in Japan. However, before that Japan traditionally has not accepted many foreigners and this leads to people questioning the need to look into the politicians, the causes of the issue, the need to gain a higher income etc.
In order to create learning opportunities for children and to eliminate various obstacles, the LiDS organization bedan with the slogan “Move your LiDS”.
LiDS representative Kota Kawano
＊Profile of the representative:
He graduated from Suzuka National College of Technology(SNCT), with a degree in electrical and electrical engineering.
Took a short-term study trip to the US which triggered his interest in going overseas. With this, he took a gap year experience in the United Kingdom. He was inspired by a group of engineers who succeeded overseas while he was in a month-long overseas internship in Vietnam sponsored by the National Institute of Technology.
With that, he developed a personal goal to be someone who succeeds both domestically and overseas.
In addition, he have visited 19 countries around the world so far. Some of which includes: Singapore, Mexico, Thailand etc.
After he attained a job in the manufacturing industry, he took a break from work in the first year for his second gap year attempt where he participated in a support activity for the restoration in Ishinomaki city (heavily damaged by the earthquake and tsunami in 2011) in Miyagi prefecture at the end of his second gap year.
An experience as a cram school teacher, tutor, and volunteer such as outdoor educational camping with children, he had a dream of starting a school which he imagined daily while being involved with such activities as a student. The support activity of the restoration in Ishinomaki was the start where he launched the LiDS project.
＊Contributions to LiDs:
We are currently requesting for a support company and supporting members cooperation.
LiDS is looking for supporters who are in line with our philosophy, activities of LiDS and individuals who are willing to support our activities in various ways.
We are looking for individuals who have leadership and are interested in both domestic and foreign relations globally. As it is hard to change the the current education system in Japan, there is a need to reconsider the need for an education targeted towards building human resources and improving the society. In addition, we have to think globally about an ideal education, in order to achieve our goals and create an opportunity to learn about our mission. We believe that we can contribute to establishing a future sustainable development as the first step through cross-cultural communication such as a sports exchange, we will be able to give parents and students the opportunity to think about the question, “ Is English necessary globally? “
We started with a small question, but this question will be the start of a major change that will lead to a great impact on the educational system in Japan. We think this major change will give energy to society in future. We are starting with something small, but we would appreciate it if you could share your support and cooperate with us. Thank you