September 24, 2019
Aiming to build learning environments that are effective in fostering individual children, who are often struggling in an era where they face difficulties in foreseeing their future, into central players or changemakers who proactively cultivate Japan’s future, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) released the Visions of the “Future Classroom” Program in June 2019 as the secondary recommendations compiled by the Study Group for Learning Innovation, “Future Classrooms” and EdTech. The visions uphold the three pillars of: [i] introduction of self-help or individually-optimized learning and more efficient learning, both of which take advantage of EdTech and other approaches (“learning about new knowledge”); [ii] creation of a learning cycle in which learners are able to fully make use of knowledge integrating liberal arts and science (“creating a new cycle”), and [iii] development of new learning environments.
In light of the visions, in July 2019, METI called applicants for the FY2019 Demonstration Projects under the “Future Classroom” Program in order to achieve these pillars at schools. METI hereby announces that it determined and adopted successful applicants for the projects.
1. Themes for which applicants were called and successful applicants adopted for the projects
(1) Demonstration of educational services that allow stakeholders in the field of school education to introduce “individually-optimized learning based on achievement levels”
- SPRIX Corporation
(2) Demonstration of “out-of-school educational services (alternative education)” that can be approved as authorized services in the future
- Johnan Academic Preparatory Institute, Inc.
- SOMA (NPO)
(3) Demonstration of new “club activity or after-school services”
- Sumitomo Corporation
(4) Demonstration of new “training services targeting school teachers and staff”
- Katsuiku Kyoiku Zaidan
- Educa & Quest, Inc.
- TAKTOPIA & Co.
- Barbara Pool Corporation
- Benesse Corporation
- Ridilover, Inc.
2. Overview of the Demonstration Projects under the “Future Classroom” Program
For the overview of the FY2019 demonstration projects of the program, including the information on the projects for which applicants were called or not called, see the Appendix.
The progress in these projects will be released on the website below from time to time.
Division in Charge
Educational Industry Office, Service Affairs Policy Division, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group