Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi discussed in a meeting with Japanese experts on Tuesday efforts to apply Japan’s Tokkatsu educational system in the Japanese schools across Egypt.
Egypt has adopted the Tokkatsu system in dozens of its Egypt-Japan Schools (EJS) established over the past few years.
El-Sisi, during the meeting, noted that the project to implement the Tokkatsu system is part of the state’s strategy to build generations of students with moral and balanced personalities, a presidential statement read.
The Tokkatsu, according to the statement, is “a comprehensive educational system that balances between the academic aspect and the development of the personal capabilities [of students] to think and innovate”.
This strategy aims to form a balanced personality and create generations that enjoy human and moral values that qualify them to interact positively with society.
El-Sisi “praised the big efforts made by the Japanese experts in this national vital project,” the statement read.
The Japanese experts voiced their keenness to consolidate the pillars of the Tokkatsu educational program in Egypt, including training teachers and developing educational curricula in coordination with Egypt’s education ministry.
They praised the seriousness of the Egyptian state to implement the system in accordance with the highest standards.
The experts noted that periodic evaluations have affirmed the success of the launch of the Japanese educational system in the EJS.
They noted that the Tokkatsu aims to build the students’ personalities and raise their desire of learning, collective work and leadership.
The system also helps them learn creative thinking skills and be able to achieve their goals, the statement added.
The experts praised the skill level of the Egyptian teachers in the EJS for their ability to understand the standards and concept of the Japanese educational system and deliver them to children in a fast manner.
The Tokkatsu is based on a “comprehensive curricula that develops the personality of children from the very beginning and [helps them] gain positive values, behaviour, skills and habits,” the statement said.
These positive habits include developing their sense of responsibility, cleanliness, order and independence and their ability to resolve problems, the statement added.
Attending the meeting, Minister of Education Tarek Shawki said 120 teachers and headmasters have been sent to Japan to gain the required knowledge about the Tokkatsu system.
He noted that missions of teachers to Japan in this regard will resume after the coronavirus pandemic is controlled.
The project to build Egypt-Japan schools was agreed on during Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's visit to Japan in February 2016. Under a cooperation protocol signed between Egypt and Japan in 2017, Japan is providing the necessary technical support for the project.
The education ministry first opened registration for the Egypt-Japan schools in 2019.The ministry in September said 43 of these schools have been established in 24 Egyptian governorates.