Educational Assistance (Education CSR)
Contributing to society by educating students worldwide — possible only through Tamaishiki.
As part of our CSR activities, Tamaishiki makes contributions to education in Myanmar on an ongoing basis. Being makers of ICT learning materials, we continue to contribute to society by providing support in the field of education.
Educational assistance programs in Myanmar
Educational assistance that only a maker of learning materials can provide.
Supporting Pao children's education with ICT materials
In March 2018, Tamaishiki built and donated a nursery school in Sati Village in Shan State, Myanmar. Sati Village, where we donated the nursery school building, is a small village that does not yet have electricity. It is located an hour away from Yangon by domestic flight, and about a two hour drive through the wilderness by car from Heho Airport. In addition to the donation of the school building, we also provide free support through the Tamaishiki ICT learning material “Ee Soroban (Abacus)” with the goal of helping the students find employment in the future.
We also paid a visit to the donated nursery school and had a chance to interact with the students and teachers. When it's busy, there are up to 70 students. We also taught them some simple Japanese, and when we left, the young children said "Arigato (Thank you)" in Japanese to see us off. We will continue to provide educational assistance, not only for the abacus, but also for the Tamaishiki Japanese learning materials. Our goal is that the children of Sati Village will be able to speak Japanese fluently and use the abacus after ten years.
Support children's future with the original abacus bags
Social Support for Hamshi Village through Production Requests
On November 18, 2019, six of our employees gave a training course on Tamaishiki "Ee Soroban" class to fourteen teachers from Sati Village and a few other surrounding villages.
The goal is for the teacher to learn the abacus first, and then teach it to children in Sati and neighboring villages. Using a large abacus, we demonstrated how to move the abacus balls. Even teachers who had never touched an abacus before were able to do simple arithmetic after about two hours of training.
Due to the political instability in Myanmar, children who cannot be raised at home become victims of human trafficking and are forced to live a difficult life. In order to improve this situation, it is necessary to provide not temporary support, but education that will give them an advantage in finding jobs and employment that will provide a continuous source of income.
We also constantly order abacus pouch bags from the Pao people of the Hamsey Village in Myanmar. Although the number of hand-made abacus pouches from Pao cloth is only about 500 units per year, they are nevertheless a valuable source of income for the Pao people considering there are not many job opportunities available.
Japan is one of the safest and most prosperous countries in the world. When you are born and raised as a Japanese, you may feel that children in poverty are something you only read in textbooks. But in fact, poverty and human trafficking are just some of the realities that Myanmar faces today. Likewise, the abacus pouch bags made by the Pao tribe are also just one of the myriads of poverty stories from people around the world. This exhibits the privilege of children raised in a first-world country who can easily access education.