JAPAN, JUNE 20, 2021 – Jinseki International School (JINIS), the first boarding-style elementary school located in Jinseki, Hiroshima, is collaborating with the Global Esports Federation (GEF) and Japan eSports Union (JeSU) to host a new initiative called “JINIS Esports Day”. This was the first collaboration between GEF and JeSU with an educational institution to organize an “Esports Day” for students.
JINIS Esports Day Details
Participants: JINIS Grade 1-5 students, teachers, parents
Organizers and coaches: members of GEF and JeSU
0: A conference for teachers
WEF and Dr. Dikaia Chatziefstathiou orientation and lecture program on sports safety and safeguarding. Create a space and an opportunity for teachers to learn more about the impacts and dangers of the Internet.
1: Nutrition Day (June 3, 2022)
A course given by Ms. Nakajima on how our nutritional intake could affect our sight, hearing, physical and mental health. Chef Keisuke Matsushima, a Michelin-star chef and advisor to JINIS also sent a message to JINIS students about the importance of diet and nutrition. The students then created a menu for the next Esports Day to serve to their parents.
2: Mental and Physical Health Day (June 16, 2022)
A day where students learn to solve problems, multitask, communicate and work in a team through activities related to mental and physical health. The students were divided into four teams of 10 students and they carried out the activities together to achieve their goals. At the end, the students went on a scavenger hunt, encouraging students to reflect on their learnings and the challenges of that day and to work together. The first team to finish was the winner.
3: Final day of esports (June 17, 2022)
The students participated in an esports competition at school. They competed in teams, they used and practiced the skills they had learned the previous days. The students were able to play and have fun in a safe environment that the school had created for them.
Chris Chan, President of the Global Esports Federation, said:
We congratulate everyone on the first, JINIS Esports Day. As we think about the future and the future of work, education is key. Under the leadership of our colleague, WEF Board Member and JeSU President, Hideki Okamura, Japan has always been a leader in the global landscape. Japan, a member of the GEF Education Alliance (G10) with the world’s 10 most developed esports nations, is once again guiding the future of tomorrow, today. Congratulations to Minako Suematsu and the entire Jinseki International School community for being an excellent partner in this pioneering initiative. Welcome to #worldconnected.
Sayo Okamoto, Chairman of the World Federation of Electronic Sports Youth Council, said:
Vocabulary skills, the expression of thoughts, feelings and interests develop massively from the age of six. Six years is when children develop their emotional and social skills. By age eight, children extend their concentration time and by age 10, their judgment skills are developing. Watching television and playing video games have proven to be a sophisticated form of entertainment as they use high levels of technology and graphics to stimulate a child’s thoughts, feelings and learning. However, there are various concerns with studies expressing potential for excessive television and gaming in young children.
A collaboration between Jinseki International School (JINIS), Japan eSports Union (JeSU) and Global Esports Federation (GEF), focuses on actively creating a safer environment for young students to learn how and when use technology. They seek to establish tangible initiatives that elevate our vision of a safe, inclusive and healthy global esports ecosystem that celebrates and inspires youth. With the proactive collaboration between JINIS, JeSU and WEF, esports will be applied as an educational tool to reinforce these values and provide guidance in the new field of technology and esports.
Minako Suematsu, Founder and President of Jinseki Kogen Gakuen Institution, said:
This esports day and the activities this program involves will encourage and support the development of the positive skills listed below, while using esports as an educational tool.
● Problem solving
● Quick decision making (clear and confident)
● Technological skills
● Multitasking skills
● Improved communication
JINIS core values are Effort, Responsibility, Integrity and Courage. These values align and connect with the WEF values which are equality, fair play, diversity, inclusion and innovation at its core.
About the World Federation of Electronic Sports
The World Federation of Electronic Sports promotes the credibility, legitimacy and prestige of electronic sports. We bring together athletes, gamers, publishers, developers, industry partners, and sports organizations from around the world on one inclusive platform. We encourage and support the connection between esports, sports and technology. Our mission calls for the development of visible initiatives to serve the global esports community. We are grateful for a collective of strategic partnerships that bring this mission to life. www.globalesports.org
The “Japan Esports Union” (JeSU) is a general sports organization for esports, which was established on February 1, 2018 to promote and develop the domestic esports industry. Through the promotion of esports in Japan, JeSU aims to improve competitiveness and spread the spirit of sportsmanship among the people of the country and contribute to the health of the people as well as the development of society and the economy.
JINIS is Japan’s first full boarding primary school, in a country where boarding schools are not as popular as in other parts of the world, such as Europe or North America. Unique to Japan, JINIS provides an environment where kids can be kids in a natural setting. In addition to excellent academic and boarding facilities, JINIS has a Japanese garden of over 33,000 square meters, four Japanese teahouses, a farm, and a Bizen pottery workshop. Website: https://jinis.jp/