Manabi no Ki
Manabi no Ki (Learning Tree) is a project that aims at creating and providing new and innovative educational solutions. By doing so, the team is tackling important issues such as rural abandonment, lack of foreign exposure and low opportunity to develop English language skills. Their long-term vision is to create an immersive and alternative environment in rural areas where residents can receive quality global education.
Manabi no Ki is currently directed by a group of three individuals who share a deep interest in educating others:
– Tarang (India), experienced teacher who has taught English in several countries. She has taken charge in curating programs and curriculums to help create student-centered classrooms on Awaji Island.
– Amy (Vietnam), foreign language specialist and an experienced translator and interpreter. Amy now uses her skills to carry out marketing tasks, networking, curriculum-building and event-organizing.
– Aménie (Tunisia), president of an association aimed at promoting cultural exchange between countries. She is now utilizing her abilities for marketing coordination and content creation.
They are supported by Riho Kato (Japan) and Junik (South Korea), who both provide their expertise in new business development to aid the project through various activities.
Manabi no Ki has already passed several milestones in establishing the foundational curriculum for its new educational model. The team has connected with several schools on Awaji Island to attract students and test new activities and learning strategies to a Japanese audience. This summer, the project held a “Summer Global Camp” in Awaji Island’s entertainment park, Nijigen no Mori, to provide students with a wide range of opportunities to develop English skills in a real-world context. Manabi no Ki is now present on all major SNS platforms, including YouTube and Facebook, and is followed by several hundreds of viewers.