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WHAT IS “LITERAKOYA” ?

“Literakoya” is a coined word that combines “literacy” and “Terakoya.” Terakoya refers to a kind of private elementary school of the Edo period in Japan.
     We believe that regardless of language or location, everyone has the fundamental right to receive an education. However, there are still people in Japan who do not have access to a basic education.
     Our goal is to help such people achieve basic literacy in their native languages, and in doing so, enrich and diversify Japanese society.

WHAT DO WE DO?

☆We hold study meetings for students whose native language is not Japanese during summer, winter and spring holiday of school. 

☆We hold lectures and workshops to inform people on the importance of literacy.

☆We do research on literacy education and produce educational materials to help children enjoy their studies, placing a special emphasis on children with special needs such as DAISY textbooks.

CONTACT US IF YOU・・・

★need to support for your child's learning at school in Niigata Prefecture, 
★are interested in learning your own mother tongue and need advice,
★are interested in keeping heritage language of your child and need advice, or
★need more information on Japanese public school and education system in Japan such as entrance exam of high school and school life in Japan, especially in Niigata Prefecture.

JOIN AND SUPPORT US!

DONATE or BECOME A SUPPORTING MEMBER
Our activities are financed mainly by some foundations in Niigata Prefecture and by donations from a few individuals. These funds enable us to develop materials and to hold study meetings for foreign children studying in Japanese public schools.
             We believe some of our activities are funded by the official body but actually they don't have enough budget for foreigners. Recently number of children who came to public schools in Niigata from overseas is increasing. We can't leave them at school without no assistance even if they are in a minority at school.

             Your support will surely contribute to making Japanese society a more peaceful and more multi-cultural one.  Please send us an email if you would like to become a supporting member who pays 1000yen per year to support our activities financially. Donations will also be welcomed. Please go to the DONATION section.