Nagoya University’s SKY (Skills and Knowledge for Youth) Project and KUMON, a Japanese education company, will collaborate in youth development in Africa. The SKY Project aims to measure the abilities of industrial laborers and propose targeted approaches for soft skills development.
SKY Project and KUMON representatives connected based on their interest in developing non-cognitive abilities during the EDU-Port Symposium organized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). SKY Project and KUMON recognizes the importance of non-cognitive, cognitive, and vocational skills, and both parties explored potential collaboration targeting South Africa.
KUMON recently interviewed Prof. Yamada of the SKY Project and published an article on their official website. The article highlights their joint efforts to propose and collaborate on African projects. It also emphasizes the goal of evaluating the potential of young workers based on their abilities rather than their educational backgrounds. The article also includes interviews with Prof. Yamada and KUMON researchers and their motivations related to international development and education.
The complete original article in Japanese titled “教育の意義を体現する公文式AI時代の今こそ人間と教育の役割の再定義を” was published on May 26, 2023, and can be read at KUMON’s official website under the Special Interview section.