Casio Mathematics Education Activities in Indonesia and Thailand Selected as MEXT EDU-Port Japan Supported Project

Scientific Calculators for Supporting Development of Talent Capable of “Independent Thinking and Learning”

July 27, 2021

Students use scientific calculators in the classroom. (West Sumatra, Indonesia)
Students use scientific calculators in the classroom. (West Sumatra, Indonesia)

Tokyo, July 27, 2021 — Casio Computer Co., Ltd. announced today that its mathematics education activities in Indonesia and Thailand have been selected by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as an EDU-Port Japan Supported Project implementing Japanese-style education overseas. In July, Casio begins working with local teachers and others in each of these countries to develop inquiry-based classes that guide upper secondary school students use of scientific calculators while learning independently.

EDU-Port Japan is a public-private initiative to intorduce Japanese-style education overseas. Casio’s new educational development in Indonesia and Thailand was selected as an EDU-Port Japan Supported Project for their ability to serve as a model implementing Japanese-style Education overseas to contribute to the development of class content. Casio has taken its GAKUHAN activities to promote the use of scientific calculators globally, introducing these activities in Indonesia and Thailand in 2008.

In both countries, these activities promote human resource development that fosters people capable of “independent thinking and learning” as part of their educational policies and are focused on establishing classes that emphasize critical thinking and problem-solving skills through the use of scientific calculators. By extension, the aim in Indonesia is to develop a talented industrial workforce and promote employment at Japanese companies and in Thailand to close the gap between urban and rural communities.

Key Project Initiatives

■ Develop Teaching Materials

Curriculum and materials (for both teachers and students) are developed and created to help students acquire the skills they need to think and learn independently.

■ Provide Teacher Training

Software emulators*, which enable remote training, are used to provide local teachers with opportunities to learn classroom techniques and effective methods of using scientific calculators in education. Mock classes are also held to provide practical support.

  • Software that displays a scientific calculator on a computer and allows user to perform calculations using the same operations as the actual calculator unit

■ Conduct Pilot Classes

Pilot classes are conducted at regional model schools to put the learning and instruction methods into practice. Results are analyzed and utilized in the development of new classes. Scientific calculators and other materials are provided to eligible students.

Casio continues to be committed to contributing to the field of education through its GAKUHAN activities.

Reference: MEXT EDU-Port Japan Project (Introduction of Japanese-Style Education Using the Public-Private Collaborative Platform)

EDU-Port Japan is a public-private initiative to introduce Japanese-style education overseas.

Japanese-style education is gathering attention world wide and EDU-Port Japan Project has been conducting pilot projects in 36 countries since its launch in 2016.

Casio activities have been selected as a 2021 EDU-Port Japan Supported Project for their ability to serve as a model implementing Japanese-style Education overseas. Casio will be receiving assistance in coordinating with local institutions through the Public-Private Collaborative Platform.