Opening the way to cultivate social entrepreneurs through “Sustainability in Action”
Purpose and Objectives
The purpose of this research is nurture pupils who can ascertain what is truly necessary for global society, take action on one’s own, and become the kind of individual who can carry out sustainable development.
In order to accomplish this, students in this school aim to accomplish the five items below by following the example of global leaders and achieving international results through these points of action.
Ⓐ Thinking Globally
Ⓑ Communicating in English
Ⓒ Cultivating Compassion and a Commitment to Fairness
Ⓓ Solving Problems through Independent Inquiry
Ⓔ Engaging in Reflection and Thoroughgoing Self-Evaluation
We have established the concrete objectives of having 90% of our pupils matriculate into Super Global Universities and overseas universities, 60% reach CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) B1-B2 Level, and for 20 of them to win awards in high level competitions for public benefit.
Overview of the present conditions for analysis and research and development
This school, founded on the principles of Frontier Spirit, strives daily for a curriculum rich in foreign language learning, overseas studies, and activities that promote international understanding.
In academic year 2016 we actively sought linkages and cooperation as an Associate Super Global High School.
And, for research and development activities during academic year 2017, based on a firm foundation of cultivating interests related to international understanding, by broadening activities with this new point of view, and linking the development of individuals who can carry out sustainable development, we have composed the three propositions below. In regards to theses propositions, we have set up the three courses of research and development.
By developing a curriculum based on inquiry related to understanding and solving social problems, pupils are developed into the kind of individuals who can carry out sustainable development that accompanies global leadership.
By cooperating with external organizations and academic institutions and researching effective methods occurring in active learning, it is possible for students to receive a high quality international education.
By transmitting a shared sense of responsibility for the results of their activities, activating ICT (Information and Communications Technology), and linking with Super Global High Schools and Universities, pupils will become fully acquainted with information literacy and self-analysis.
Contents of Research Topics
By pursuing these research topics, pupils will absorb the ability to contribute to the development of future sustainability and “The World Will Change through Sustainability in Action” will become one of their core interests. In order to promote Sustainability in Action, we have established from the perspective of pupils the following three academic pursuits in the areas of society and culture, economics, and the environment.
[A] (Sociocultural Perspective) “Multicultural Appreciation and Mitigating Natural Disasters”
[B] (Economic Perspective) “Economic Activities and Poverty”
[C] (Environmental Perspective) “Social Activities and Recycling”
Poster Session Contents at SGH Liaison Council 2017
- NIHS held a poster session explaining the main SGH activities realized at our school. The event was attended by many other SGH schools and each tried to highlight the distinctiveness of their SGH programs. NIHS presented on its SIA (Sustainability in Action) curriculum where 2nd year students explore and learn sustainability themes in SIA I and conduct projects in their 3rd year (SIA II). Students learn in an active learning format where presentations and group discussions are encouraged.
- As a future prospect, our school is planning to seek a greater integration between SGH activities and the IBDP through CAS (Creativity, Activity, and Service). Collaboration in curriculum development is entering its initial stages.
Linkages and Cooperation
Nagoya University of Commerce and Business and International Exchange Center, Nagoya University Disaster Mitigation Research Center, Alberta University Extension School (Canada), Macquarie University (Australia), Nagoya University of Commerce and Business Graduate School Management Research Program, Glenunga International High School (Australia), Aichi Regional Promotion Department International Section Office for the Advancement of Multicultural Appreciation, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Central Japan International Center, Nagoya International Center International Cooperation Bureau, Nagoya City Showa Fire Department Prevention Bureau, Central Japan Convention for the Promotion of Hospitality, Starbucks Japan Nagoya City University Hospital Store, Japan Travel Bureau Central Japan, Aoyagi Coffee Factory, Waste Box Incorporated, Japan Foundation for Intercultural Exchange (JFIE), Fair Trade Nagoya Network (FTNN), Fair Trade Label Japan (FLJ), International Education Promotion Project (GiFT)
Time allocated for general studies, established school subjects, subject-based education, and cross-disciplinary activities develop learning that stimulates activities in all fields of study. We have recently committed time to general studies and established school subjects to support the three foundations for Sustainability in Action, including Special Parts I and II. In regards to subject-based education, we have established Sustainability in Action Liberal Arts and organized a curriculum that can conduct a diverse approach.