The number of foreigners working in Japan is increasing, and the number of children who need to teach Japanese is also increasing. Although all children have the right to education, the educational environment surrounding children who have moved from abroad varies. There are not a few children who are struggling with public education in Japan. How will we secure “learning opportunities”? The search for both public education and the private sector continues.
I don't go to elementary school right away
Jarren (9) from China was studying Japanese in September at a free school in Fussa, Tokyo.
When Mr. Masami Saito points to the words “Monday 9th September” written on the whiteboard and speaks one word at a time, Jarren continues. The boys from Nepal line up the desks. On that day, I started studying katakana.
Jallen just came to Japan in August. Born in Japan, father is Japanese, so Japanese. But I can't speak Japanese. This is because she has been entrusted to her grandparents in China for 8 months.
The Chinese mother has moved to Japan for over 10 years, and her older sisters have also come to Japan first.
Jallen is a fourth grader, but has not yet attended a public elementary school. This is because the school board in Ome City, where Jalen lives, has adopted a policy of incorporating Japanese language skills after they have become able to understand to some extent.
The Ome City Board of Education said, “We do not refuse to register for a student in Motoichi.”
“If you do n’t understand Japanese at all…