Promotion of 21 st
Century Uragaku Education
吾道一貫 Go Dou Ikkan was originated by Confucius. It is written in the book titled “Analects of Confucius”. Go Dou Ikkan means “all-pervading unity”. As stated in the book, all-pervading unity has underlying principles. These are: 仁Jin, which means benevolence, and 忠恕Chuujo, which means conscientiousness and consideration for others.
Both principles embody and manifest one’s high nature. Chuujo means following the naturally good heart in relations with others. This means that people need to be true to the principles of our nature and the benevolent exercise of them to others. This teaching is composed of two words: conscientiousness and charity. In this regard, the main responsibility of the members of the society is to sacrifice their lives for the sake of what is right; people have to do what is right without causing trouble to their fellow individuals. This teaching can be summarized as conscientiousness to the self and consideration for others.
The founding of Myojo Gakuen School Corporation Urawa Gakuin High School is based on this teaching. Our school corporation focuses on nurturing the people through unity, sincerity and devotion.
克己 Kokki means self-control or self-denial. It is the ability to control the egocentric desires in life. In order to establish a harmonious society, people must know how to position themselves—what kind of place they are in, who they are with, and what kind of response is appropriate for various situations.
仁愛 Jinai means being aware that people must support each other. It is the state of being loyal and humane to others. In the same way, each person is a member of the society and each member of the society plays his role in order to build a harmonious co-existence. No matter how strong a person is, he cannot live alone. Humane love is essential to one’s growth.
共生 Kyousei means coexistence. A harmonious society is formed by members who have helping hands. Through camaraderie, the members of society can pursue their dreams and hopes. However, achievement of dreams is not considered genuine happiness unless other people helped in order to achieve it. Genuine happiness is not simply realizing one’s dream but having a companion in achieving it. Our school believes that coexistence is the key to real happiness. We seek to coexist with other people conscientiously.
Promotion of 21st Century Uragaku Education
Safe and Healthy School Environment
September 1st, 2014 was the day the former principal of Urawa Gakuin High School declared that it is a health and safety-promoting school. This means that our school teaches students the importance of human life. This declaration intends that our school focuses on the school management and education based on prioritizing students’ health and safety. In December 8, 2016, our school got the International Safe School certification. An International Safe School is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) through the Safe Community and Safe School Designation Program. All of these are the result of our continuous efforts in maintaining a safe and healthy school environment.
- Life Skills Education
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), life skills are abilities for adaptive and positive behavior that enable humans to deal with the demands and challenges of life effectively. In other words, it is having abilities such as interpersonal skills, empathy, problem-solving skills and critical-thinking skills. Our school provides students various opportunities to improve their life skills such as interaction with people of Ishinomaki and Higashimatsushima in Miyagi Prefecture—the affected areas of Great East Japan Earthquake and exchange programs to where domestic war lasted for a long time. These are the essential parts of our Life Skills Education.
Cultivating students’ sensitivity and awareness are the core points of our International Liberal Arts Program. Through experiencing international diversity, students are able to widen their understanding of the world and deepen their sensitivity. Urawa Gakuin High School provides a lot of opportunities for students to experience international diversity such as school trips and exchange programs with sister schools from different parts of the world.
- Advancement of
Urawa Gakuin High School provides a variety of courses in line with students’ abilities, skills and career plans so that all of them can have greater dreams in the future. The students in the Advanced Type are being offered with special programs to aid them in passing the entrance examination of topnotch colleges and universities. For example, extensive reading as an early morning study, self-study rooms which are open until 9PM on weekdays and by conducting lessons with active learning teaching approaches. As for the Fundamental type, regular classes are efficiently conducted in accordance with students’ abilities and skills and their career plans in the future. Also, it is consisted of various kinds of after-school courses and career orientation meetings with many universities and colleges.
Message from The Principal
To a brighter academe with hopes and dreams
Mr. Masanori Ishihara – Principal
The aim of our school is to create a brighter academe that promotes positive thinking attitude. Our school’s main priority is the health and safety of our students. Moreover, our school provides educational programs to improve students’ academic skills with a solid foundation of basic knowledge and assertiveness skills. Also, our school provides opportunities to experience difference cultures through various cultural exchange programs. Furthermore, our school has developed diverse educational activities and life skill education programs to foster our students’ experiential learning—feeling, thinking and doing. “Feeling”, “Thinking” and “Doing” sum up our school’s goal—promotion of 21st Century Uragaku Education.
Our school is not like any other school. Students of Uragaku are catered with different opportunities which are essential to their preparation for the future. Students take advantage of the different opportunities which, in effect, create positive impacts among themselves such as improvement of interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. Also, students are well-provided with a conducive to learning environment. We take so much pride from our various school merits which prove that our school provides quality education. Our school teaches students to understand the importance of decision making and embracing different points of view in life.
Our school collaborates with the students, faculty, staff, parents, guardians, supporters, alumni associations, local residents, and everyone who has tied up through various exchange activities. We are one and we are called “Uragaku Family”. Lastly, our school consistently provides support and guidance in our students’ growth and the challenges that they face. We align our actions to our mission and firmly believe in our slogan: “Together, we work hard, support each other and give our best.”ork hard, support each other and give our best.”