The Vision Title of Our Research and Development
The nurturing of whole-personal leaders, who will choose a career in an international organization
The Scale of the Implementation
This project applies to 212 (all of grade 3) students from the total of 632 (grades 1st-3rd) junior high school students, and to 703 high school students (grades 1st–3rd).
In order to ensure that students will be active in international organizations and NGOs, we develop their communication, language, and leadership skills, teach them to understand different cultures, to develop an interest in worldwide issues, to act with determination, and to have a strong will.
The Purpose and Goal of Research and Development
Through various hands-on activities and its relationships with local universities and international organizations in Japan and overseas, we help students to develop their interests in worldwide issues; we also help students to develop their communication skills and views in order to be able to work in international organizations or NGOs careers.
・By consulting the educational ideals from IB (International Baccalaureate), we develop educational methods and curriculum that encourage peer to peer interactions in classes.
・By taking advantage of Round Square and our relationships with global partner schools, we develop overseas training systems to develop students’ leadership and we arrange meetings for students to reflect on and to report their achievements.
・We develop students’ communication skills where they mainly utilize English skills; we help students communicate with their inner-selves and to understand other people; we nurture their thinking skills in order to become a leader who respects diversity.
・By getting feedback from a third party, like an experienced international NGO in the educational field, we can improve training programs for teachers that are essential to help us raise our global awareness.
The Analysis of Our Present State
Among the majors that our students have selected at university, 80% of them have chosen Liberal Arts. However, after graduation very few of them entered careers in international organizations or in fields, which dealt with international cooperation. The international exchange programs offered in high school are likely to have no relation to their finding jobs. However, we believe that by having a clear understanding of careers in and roles of international organizations in high school will encourage students to develop the skills required for graduate school or organizations. We hope that students mature into a whole-person leader, by possessing foreign language skills, and a rich spirit from having taken part in international activities.
The Announcement of Achievements
On campus we report achievements via CHaT Net, the school`s intranet; where we can post presentations from students who attended international training. We have also built a Japanese and English homepage linked to an SNS to announce our achievements to the public.
The Content of Project Studies on International Themes
Students decide on a specific theme from the following fields where many international organizations are operating: A. Poverty, B. Human Rights, C. Environment, D. Diplomacy (leadership) and E. International Cooperation. They improve their understanding about it, by taking a part in its relevant activities.
Examples of Students’ Studies
・The Present State and Problems in South African Townships (slums)
・The Present State and Problems of Poverty in Botswana’s Rural Areas
・The Current Status of HIV/AIDS in Botswana
・The Childrens` Human Rights Problems under Conflicts—The Current Status and Problems
・German Environmental Education and the Awareness of High School Students
・The Present State and Problems of the World Heritage Conservation in Cape Town
・A Deliberation on the Reform of the UN`s Security Council－Through Model United Nations
・A Proposal of a Scenario to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons through Model United Nations
・The Japanese Government`s Overseas Aid－Through Activities of the Japan Overseas Cooperation
・The Reality at the Forefront of Investing in Botswana, Africa
The Procedure, Verification and Evaluation
Students take a part in global activities on campus and improve their qualities as a leader step by step through Basic Training Stage and Project Study Stage.
Basic Training Stage:
The Basic Training Stage consists of Global Career Course and the 48-points Recognition System of Tamagawa Super Global Leaders (TSGL), both of which are required activities for all students. We improve students’ interest, whole-personality, leadership and communication skills through these activities.
Project Study Stage:
After passing through the Basic Training Stage, each student decides on a specific theme and researches it, and take a part in its relevant activities.
Models for students who selected A. Poverty and B. Human Rights:
・Take World Studies in Japanese or World Studies in English courses
・Attend African Studies and do an independent study in Global Studies
Models for students who selected C. Environment:
・Planning, operating and attending Round Square, Tamagawa International Conference
・Attending Goethe Training (or African Studies)
・Doing an independent study in Global Studies
Models for students who selected D. Leadership (diplomacy) and E. International Cooperation:
・Attending the class Tamagawa Model United Nations or Section MUN (IB students only)
・Training in African Studies
・Taking part in exchange program in Goethe-Gymnasium (Frankfurt, Germany)
The contents, procedures, verifications and evaluations of the research and development other than the above:
・Tamagawa Adventure Program (must-attend for 10th graders)
・Activities to develop students’ English skills (GTEC, speech contests, Academic Skills Camp and exchange programs with overseas college students)
・Adopting an effective measurement method developed by Sustainability Frontiers (SF), an international education NGO, we aim to develop a curriculum that meets the global standards. In particular, SF interviews and conducts a survey of students who attended the activities, and SF guides us and gives advice through High Panel Meetings.
・Establishing global subjects in cooperation with other universities (Tamagawa University and others).
The environmental improvement to nurture global leaders, the contents and procedures of extra activities above the curriculum:
About 50 students from overseas do a homestay at our students’ homes every year. We aim to strengthen our Round Square Executive Committee’s efforts and expand the number of host families.