With the questionable government education standards seeping ever lower in South Africa, isn’t it time however that we take a look at the Japanese education system for some tips.
In some parts of Japan, students spend about 20 minutes a day cleaning up their classrooms. AJ+ dropped by a second-grade class at Azabu Elementary School in Tokyo to find out why. From video journalists Irene Herrera and Naotomo Umewaka.
Without janitors, students are in charge of keeping their school clean and healthy. Students as young as elementary kids are taught how to mop the floor, scrub the window, and clean the washroom.
This ‘no janitor’ system is not for the sake of saving money, or the lack of human resources available. The main purpose is to incorporate a sense of responsibility and teamwork through their chores, and to train students to be selfless other than selfish.
Not only are the students learning through the clean up sessions, their lunch break is also treated as an educational period.
It’s inspirational to see how Japanese students operate their lunch period.
The “lunch period” is placed as a learning period in Japanese schools.
Directed, edited and filmed by Atsuko Satake Quirk, Cafeteria Culture’s media director. Visit www.cafeteriaculture.org to see how we bring in this Japanese style student-led operation into US school cafeterias on sorting their waste.