#Series 31
“Join us to Design New classes and schools to give opportunities for all children to learn”

VIDEO: Opening (Part 1)

I welcomed the participants, shared my experience since session #30 at Unilever on October 9. I talked about my trip to Abu Dhabi for the Summit on the Global Agenda- what Summit is and what we discussed. Specifically, interim result of global survey we did about Future of Jobs and new findings about important factor affecting employment, important skills in 2020, etc. (We will launch our report in the second week of December.)
I briefly touched upon the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which will be a major topic of the Annual Meeting of the WEF in January 2016. I talked about “shared economy” incl. shared bike, Uber etc. and importance of trust. That was my way of introducing the significance of education, topic of #31.
Then I asked them to recall their own teachers that made an impact on them, i.e. “Most memorable teachers” and share their stories.

VIDEO: Sharing and talk (Part 1)

We had general discussion about characteristics of their memorable teachers for the first 4 minutes. They included passion, uniqueness, equality, among others.
Five minutes into this section, Yusuke Matsuda, founder of Teach for Japan, made a presentation.
He began his own personal history and how he became interested in education. He talked passionately about the significant role of teacher he came across (first 10 minutes). He then discussed the importance of creating the system where teachers continued to be motivated, etc. and how he encountered Teach for America. He explained how TFA through recruiting competent and passionate young people to send to problem schools in the US etc. has tried to solve the problem of education.
In the last 12 min. of this segment, he explained the situation in Japan, including rather “difficult to notice” poverty and how it influences the children’s access to education and to job. He ended his presentation with the issue TFJ faces now—recruiting fellow teachers and other supporters to the TFJ.
After his presentation, I explained the topic for breakout sessions—any creative and innovative ideas/plans to recruit “fellow” teachers and support TFJ. I mentioned that the amount we raised at charity auction in December 2014 was donated to TFJ.

VIDEO: Presentation and closing (Part 3)


Each of the eight breakout groups reported back what they came up with. Many interesting ideas emerge.
Some ideas include:

  • Change the image/perception of teachers and education in the public to “cool”
  • Expand the target segment for fellow teachers/supporters to include others such as older people with passion, other professionals such as artists, mothers (act as other parents) etc. non-Japanese
  • Make elements of the qualifications etc. more flexible—not just English, but other subjects, tenure (2 years), and flexible part time/work style.
  • Collaborate with corporations and integrated TFJ as a part of CSR, & HR program.
  • Do not make the qualifications (Best and brightest) too high so as to discourage people from applying.
  • Some ideas from non-Japanese participants as to how their countries do—government support etc. and proposal of coordinated program with TFAll in other countries
  • Some shared their own experience of teaching-how difficult it is, and proposed how to help teachers
  • Position TFJ as the school/learning of the future, including new curriculum such as programming (Teach for Japan 2.0)

In the last five minutes, Yusuke Matsuda gave his comments and takeaways from the report back. He also introduced “Teachers’ Day” which was just launched this year to promote support to the teachers, rather than just criticize them.

VIDEO: Before session (Part 4)


Before we began the session, I interviewed Yusuke Matsuda, our guest, both in Japanese and in English. He explained how TFJ has evolved, what issues they face and what he expects from the session.

VIDEO: After session (Part 5)

After the session while we were enjoying networking with drinks and food (we needed more! ), I interviewed two participants. The first interview was with one of the KMD students from Indonesia who joined “Davos..in Tokyo” series for the first time about her reactions, her career plans and condition in Indonesia. (2.5 minutes) The second interview with the Japanese lady was in Japanese and English, for 4 minutes, about her impression and take away from the series (She has attended the session several times.)

#Session 31 “Davos Experience in Tokyo” series
November 6, 2015
“Join us to Design New classes and schools to give opportunities for all children to learn”

At session #31 of Davos Experience in Tokyo series on Friday, November 6, we will have Yusuke Matsuda, founder of Teach for Japan (TFJ)  as guest speaker. We will be back at our regular venue of Wilson Learning Worldwide Innovation Center.

Many of you may recall TFJ as we donated the money we raised at Charity Auction held at Davos Experience in Tokyo session last December. TFJ has the vision of “creating the society where every child can have great education.”

Yusuke Matsuda began his teaching career as Physical Exercise teacher in Japan. As he explored the new form and concept of education, he went to the US to study at Harvard. As he was exposed to and inspired by Teach for America there, he founded Teach for Japan, NPO, in 2010.
Teach for America is the NPO founded by Wendy Kopp in the U.S. 25 years ago. She started this NPO as she believed that every child deserves great education. TFA is well known not only for achieving good results in education, but also for providing opportunities to develop problem solving capabilities in the field. TFA is ranked very high as the company that college graduates want to work.

Primary and secondary education system in Japan is ranked high according to a variety of international survey for education. Though not well known, household income, learning disability and nationality affect the academic performance and opportunities of children in Japan. And many of you may feel that we need a new form of education and learning as the technology accelerates and completely new world is opening up for us.

TFJ is trying to solve these problems by recruiting, training and supporting young leaders to become great teachers. TFJ attempts to enable children to develop new skills needed in the new era, as well as to improve their academic performance.

A variety of educational reforms have been proposed in Japan. Among the initiatives for educational reform, TFJ is unique in that it tries to solve problems “from within schools.” It tries to accomplish the better education, by sending young leaders as “fellow” for two years to classes and schools. These fellows, with diverse experiences and passion for education, collaborate with teachers in the field. “Fellows” are critical element for TFJ to achieve its vision.

TFJ has been successful in increasing supporters in the past five years, but one of the most urgent issues for TFJ now is how to find and recruit people who will serve as “fellow.”

We want to develop creative and innovative ideas/plans of action to identify and recruit such fellows at session #31 of Davos Experience in Tokyo series. Join us to design a new form of learning/education, as it will determine the future of Japan and of the world! Looking forward to many creative ideas!

第31回ダボスの経験を東京で
2015年11月6日
「すべての子どもに素晴らしい教育を 新しい教育のカタチを一緒に創ろう」

「ダボスの経験を東京で」第31回では、Teach for Japan (以下、TFJ)の松田悠介さんをゲストにお迎えして、11月6日(金)に久しぶりにウィルソン・ラーニング ワールドワイド株式会社のイノベーションセンターで開催します。

昨年12月に「ダボスの経験を東京で」で行ったチャリティ・オークションで集まったお金はTFJに寄付をしたので、ご存知の方も多いかもしれません。2010年に日本に創立されたTeach for Japanは、自ら体育教師として教育に携わり、米国留学をするうちに、Teach for Americaを知った松田さんが始めたNPOで、「すべての子供が素晴らしい教育を受けることができる社会を創る」ことをビジョンとして掲げています。松田さんが影響を受けたTeach for Americaは、「すべての子どもに教育の機会が与えられないのはおかしい」と考えたWendy Koppが25年前に始めた米国発のNPOです。教育分野で高い成果を出すだけでなく、現場で問題を解決していく力を養う場として定評があり、米国では大学生がGoogleやAppleよりも働きたい組織に選出されています。

日本の初等中等教育は世界でも非常に優れていると評価されています。しかしテクノロジーが進み、全く新しい世界が広がっていくなかで新しい形の教育が必要なのではないか?と感じる方も多いと思います。

教育については数々の改革がこれまでも提唱されてきましたが、TFJは、学校の「内側」から課題を解決しようとしています。様々な経験を持ち、教育への情熱を持つ人材(=フェロー)を学校に2年間派遣し、現場の先生方と協働しながら、より質の高い教育を実現に向けて、教室や学校での課題解決を推進しているのです。TFJのビジョン実現にはフェローの存在を欠かすことが出来ません。5年間の活動によって賛同者が増えてきましたが、フェローになってくださる方をどのように探し出すか、が課題になっています。

そこで、第31回の「ダボスの経験を東京で」では、“どのようにすれば多様な経験を持ち、教育への情熱をもつ人材を見つけ出すことができるのか”その解決策を皆さんと考えて行きたいと思います。日本や世界の未来を決める新しい教育のカタチの創り方を一緒に考えませんか?皆さんのクリエイティブなアイディアを楽しみにしています!

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