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“Nursing children who will carry the future – A new approach to education in Toyooka and Setagaya”

“Nursing children who will carry the future – A new approach to education in Toyooka and Setagaya”
Schedule Saturday, January 2024, 5 25: 15-00: 17
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Speakers/panelist: Koji Shima (Toyooka City Superintendent of Education)
Oriza Hirata (playwright, president of the College of Arts, Culture, and Tourism)
Satoshi Utsunomiya (Director of Setagaya Education Center)
Akira Shirai (Artistic Director of Setagaya Public Theater)
<Moderator> Takashi Takao (Professor, Institute of Liberal Arts, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Venue Setagaya Culture and Lifestyle Information Center Seminar Rooms A and B (Carrot Tower 5th floor)
Target Anyone
Capacity Approx. 80 persons
*Reception on a first-come, first-served basis
Entry fee 1,500 Yen
Contact Setagaya Public Theater Gakugei
03-5432-1526
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Overview

More than 20 years have passed since workshops using theatrical methods have been held in schools across the country. Oriza Hirata, a playwright and director who has been at the forefront of this movement, has advocated the significance of incorporating theater into school education from the perspective of ``communication education,'' and has held theater workshops at elementary and junior high schools across the country. He has now moved to Toyooka City, and as president of the newly established College of Arts, Culture, and Tourism, he is working hard to create a new community through the arts. Against this backdrop, the Toyooka City Board of Education has begun communication education in all elementary and junior high schools in the city from 2017 through classes that incorporate theatrical methods.

Meanwhile, Setagaya Public Theater (Setagaya Ward) also started theater workshops at elementary and junior high schools in the ward as early as 2001. In 2007, Setagaya Ward was certified by the Cabinet Office as a ``Setagaya Japanese Language Education Special Zone,'' and began offering Japanese as a subject at all elementary and junior high schools in the ward. Among these, a unit on "expression" modeled after the practice of Setagaya Public Theater has been introduced to first, second, fifth, and sixth grade elementary school students and second grade junior high school students.

We will be holding a symposium to look back on the significance of drama workshops in school education, based on the case studies of Toyooka City and Setagaya Ward, which can be said to be leading cities in implementing drama workshops in school education. We invited superintendents of education, officials from the boards of education, and theater professionals from each city, and learned from practices in the two regions what kind of skills children acquire through theater. We will think about the impact this will have on society and the possibilities for new education in the 21st century. We will also consider from a local perspective how these children will become human resources who will play a role in the local community.

If you are interested in the state of education or the future of education, please come and join us.

Program details

Schedule Saturday, January 2024, 5 25: 15-00: 17
Message Symposium Education x Theater x Region “Nurturing the children who will carry the future – A new attempt at education in Toyooka and Setagaya”
Speakers/panelist: Koji Shima (Toyooka City Superintendent of Education)
Oriza Hirata (playwright, president of the College of Arts, Culture, and Tourism)
Satoshi Utsunomiya (Director of Setagaya Education Center)
Akira Shirai (Artistic Director of Setagaya Public Theater)
<Moderator> Takashi Takao (Professor, Institute of Liberal Arts, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Venue Setagaya Culture and Lifestyle Information Center Seminar Rooms A and B (Carrot Tower 5th floor)
Target Anyone
Capacity Approx. 80 persons
*Reception on a first-come, first-served basis
Entry fee 1,500 Yen

Profile

Koji Shima

Koji Shima

Born in Hyogo Prefecture in 1956. He graduated from Kwansei Gakuin University Faculty of Letters. From 1998 to 99, he enrolled at the Hyogo University of Education Graduate School, researching Yoshio Azuma's education. He has been the director of the Toyooka City Education and Training Center since 2007, the principal of Toyooka Elementary School since 2010, and his current position since May 2017. Since his appointment as Superintendent, he has established an integrated elementary and junior high school education system and expanded the city-wide common curriculum of ``Communication Education Using Dramatic Methods,'' ``Hometown Education,'' and ``English Education.'' He is also in his third year of running a drama workshop aimed at improving non-cognitive skills for elementary school children.

Oriza Hirata

Oriza Hirata

Playwright and director. He is the president of the College of Arts, Culture, Tourism and Professional Studies. He heads the youth group. General artistic director of Gangwon Riverside Theater. Advisor in charge of cultural policy for Toyooka City. Born in Tokyo in 1962. He won the 1995th Kishida Drama Award for ``Tokyo Note'' in 39, and the 2019nd Tsuruya Namboku Drama Award for ``History of the Rise and Fall of Japanese Literature'' in 22. Since 2019, he has been living in Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture. He teaches dialogue drama workshops, which have been adopted in Japanese language textbooks, all over the country, mainly in the Tajima area.

Satoshi Utsunomiya

Satoshi Utsunomiya

After working as the director of the Setagaya Ward Education Center and an elementary school teacher in Tokyo, he was involved in educational administration at the boards of education in Fuchu, Hachioji, and Akishima cities. After that, he had 10 years of experience as an elementary school principal, and his last position was at Matsuzawa Elementary School in Setagaya Ward. The Education Center promotes career and future design education from infancy, with a focus on developing non-cognitive abilities, under the theme of ``Turning Setagaya into a place of learning''.

Akira Shirai

Akira Shirai

Director, Setagaya Public Theater Artistic Director. Born in Kyoto Prefecture. After graduating from Waseda University, from 1983 to 2002, he was the director of Yukumai/Full Automatic Theater. After becoming independent as a director, he has worked on a wide range of projects, from straight plays to music plays, musicals, and opera. The 9th and 10th Yomiuri Theater Awards Excellent Director Award, the 2005 production of ``Accidental Music'', the Yoshiko Yuasa Award (screenplay category), the 2012 production of Matsumoto Civic Opera ``The Magic Flute'', the 2018 Yoshio Sagawa Music Award. He has received awards such as the Yushi Odajima Translated Drama Award for his production of ``Barry Turk'' (co-produced with KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theater) in XNUMX.

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Setagaya Arts Foundation

Planning and production

Setagaya Public Theatre

Sponsorship

Setagaya-city

Contact

Setagaya Public Theater Gakugei

TEL. 03-5432-1526

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