During the early 19th century, the Hungarians and Germans emended the words present in a letter from Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BC – 65 AD). The altered form, “non scholae, sed vitae discendum est", means "we must learn not for school, but for life", and is used as motto by numerous schools around the globe.
To live up with this motto, we hold a firm standpoint that education itself does not necessarily have to be presented solely in traditional approaches. Experience gained from face-to-face classroom sessions can still be augmented by other methods, because students must always feel excited by, and be open to, the process of education.
In order to achieve this methods that consistently stimulate students’ interest in learning processes need to be employed. This has led us into thinking about methods on how we may engage students in education beyond the classroom.Through these methods, we aim to:
By God’s grace, all the effort involved in this thought process has come to bear fruit that is Japan International Science and Mathematics Olympiads.
As educators, we believe that every student is equipped with abundant, yet untapped, academic potential. Once this potential is accessed, it will assist them to be able to develop not only academic skills, but also adeptness in logical and critical thinking. This is what we aim to do through the execution of Japan International Science and Mathematics Olympiads.
Our working culture constantly refers to three important bases:
These bases allow us to take pride in our examination papers that are challenging yet fun at the same time. Questions asked therein do not merely test students’ ability to memorise and writing sentences verbatim; they stimulate them to think how to apply concepts learnt at school and from reading materials to discover new knowledge behind day-to-day situations and phenomena.
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