In 2050 Japan's working population is estimated to be around 55 million people. Just like how developed countries have gradually moved over from manufacturing based economies to service based economies, each individual must become more efficient and effective in order to raise their individual productivity. In addition to this, where globalization is escalating everyday this means that each individual will have to do this while competing globally. We believe the following three elements that include essential skill sets are the catalysts to make this happen:
In other words, in order to become an individual with the ability to make a difference or create change in the way they envision, they have to be able to gather essential items which are: resources, people and money. This means they will always have to be able go gather appropriate information efficiently, analyse it critically, make complex decisions, while discussing it if necessary, and clearly communicate it to others with diverse backgrounds and different values.
With the rapidly growing gap between English and Japanese where the population of English speakers are over 10 times that of Japanese speakers, and the amount of information online is over 10 times more of what is available in Japanese, unless these elements and skill sets are English based, we believe that they are not effective.
We believe the major changes that are occurring due to the accelerating globalization is extremely serious and that we need to adapt and evolve with the change by preparing students today, but unfortunately from what we see we do not believe that the Japanese government is taking this serious enough and investing enough resource, therefore we decided to establish Global Step Academy.
When we first envisioned what Global Step Academy should be like we came down to one key factor: TEACHERS. We believe that in the hype of the revolutionizing education technology industry, foundational, primary and secondary education will continue to always be built upon the strength of the teachers. The strength in the ability to communicate the joy in learning and the possibilities it provides. Therefore it was clear to us that in order to be authentic in the experience and provide the value of what teachers are able to provide through the interactive experience students have at school, we had to provide the following three factors:
We knew that technology itself would not be able to fulfil this goal. We wanted to create something that connected the many passionate but humble teachers that understood this concept with the help of many new upcoming education technology and effectively connect these students that needed them in order to prepare them to become successful in the future. We had a strong team of veteran international school teachers that had decades of experience in teaching international education, teacher management and curriculum / lesson development. This made us capable of putting together a strong band of teachers that we were able to train, manage and most of all maintain and improve quality under a self-established international curriculum and teaching operation knowhow, in a systematic and efficient way.
Therefore, we are an academy that is built upon teachers, teachers who chose and are determined to become teachers because they believed in what education provides. They spend a large portion of their life providing for the next generation. Global Step Academy equips these teachers around the world a foundation in which it takes care of everything other than the actual "teaching" factor for the teacher, so that the teacher can focus all their energy on each student, whether its during the lesson, after the lesson or in monitoring / advising student performance. We believe this is what is necessary for todays education simply because that's what the students deserve: full attention, commitment and perseverance through the students academic development.
So when we say "We Believe in the Power of Education" we mean it, because there's nobody that believes in the power of education more than teachers.