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Where Children can be Children

The creation of Jinseki International School (JINIS) began with a vision by our Representative Founder, Minako Suematsu, for a new type of education in Japan. A school where children from across the globe can learn and live side by side within Japan’s unique culture to develop passions and real-life skills. One that is inspired by nature, healthy living and her own personal story.

When my young son was growing up, I often questioned if I was truly helping him reach his full potential. The truth is, there is no training or preparation for parenthood and as parents, we only learn through experience and interaction with our own children. On reflection and investigation, I came to realize too that there are specialists who can help us lead our children in the right direction.

For this reason, I made the tough decision to send my only son to a boarding school overseas when he was just eight years old. It was difficult to live apart from him, and even now many years later, it still is. Emotions aside, this bold experience has taught me many new things. Most notably, my child’s character has greatly strengthened, preparing him to live in a world unbeknown to me. I also learned first-hand that entrusting my son to educational professionals was, for me, the right choice.

In Europe, there are numerous full-time boarding schools for junior-aged children. Parents entrust their children’s everyday care, studies, discipline and well-being to professional teachers and carers. When the family comes together to celebrate the holidays, these are now quality times full of love, joy and freedom. At international boarding schools in Switzerland and beyond, teachers and boarding staff become a trusted “second family” to pupils,whatever their needs or backgrounds may be. Boarding pupils are watched over, supported and guided 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Outside of academics, such schools provide professional specialist teachers in areas such as the arts, languages, sport and music to develop pupils’ passions and nurture their potential and talents. Extracurricular activities during weekends offer community volunteer work, off-campus trips and outdoor pursuits such as hiking, rock climbing and excursions. Boarding schools provide a variety of opportunities and experiences that any household simply cannot match.

When considering the opportunities European boarding schools offer (which date back well over a century) and my personal experience through my son, I feel a European-style boarding school education should be available to more families. It is my ambition for both children and parents, locally and globally, to see a boarding school education in the idyllic setting of Setouchi, Japan as a genuine alternative. I created Next Educational Environment Development (NEED) and JINIS to achieve this goal, and firmly believe that children’s potential far exceeds both our imagination and expectations.

Minako Suematsu
Board Chair and Headmaster

The inspiration behind the Jinseki International School logo is the joyful movement of five lively children. It reflects the five key elements of an educational philosophy which enables pupils:

  1. to use the five senses
  2. to learn and explore what they are curious about
  3. to express and communicate their own ideas
  4. to accept and appreciate diversity
  5. to believe in and respect the people around them
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