University of Tokyo students teach children in Iheya

University of Tokyo students teach children in Iheya

In a workshop held at the Isolated Islands Promotion Center on August 10, students talked about their dreams with their teachers who study at the University of Tokyo.

August 22, 2013 Hideyoshi Noho, correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

Iheya Village held an annual course to invite students from the University of Tokyo as tutors for students in the village during summer vacation on August 10. This is the third time the village has held the course. With an opening ceremony held at the Isolated Islands Promotion Center, all local junior high school junior attended the course.

The course’s aim is encourage participants to study by interacting with students of the university considered by many people to be the most prestigious in Japan. It also encourages them to learn specific ways of studying and aims to teach how to set and achieve goals. This will be useful for students who will leave the island to take high school entrance exams.

At the ceremony, students took a competency test. Kiko Watanabe, one of the teachers, said, “I think taking high school and university entrance exams involves major changes in people’s lives. I hope that the course will provide an opportunity for the children to think about their future.”

Yuna Arakaki of Iheya Junior High School said with a smile, “I am excited that the course looks like it will be fun.”

(English translation by T&CT, Megumi Chibana and Mark Ealey)

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