Staff from Japan’s National University Corporation Tsukuba University of Technology (NTUT) praised the teaching methods used for disabled children by Moscow’s colleges and schools. During the time spent in the Russian capital the delegation inspected several educational institutions.
One of the groups went to see small business college No 4. It was shown around the place by their colleagues from Bauman Moscow State Technical University, NTUT’s longstanding partner. Teachers from NTUT, provider of education for students who suffer from hearing problems and are visually impaired, became interested in the college’s performance in general, vocational and higher education of the disabled.
“We were really surprised to learn that the college has existed already for 70 years, and has created teaching programmes for children with disabilities,” said Itaru Tanno, associate professor at the Department of Industrial Informatics and head of the university’s international cooperation projects.
He praised geography and informatics lessons and said he found them very interesting. He also said he was pleasantly surprised that the students were not shy and eager to communicate with foreign guests during breaks.
Another group visited school No 937 for the third time. This particular school is named after Hero of Russia Alexander Perov. Japanese teachers during such inspections usually attend all kinds of lessons created for those with disabilities. According to the school’s headmistress, Natalya Dmitriyeva, her colleagues’ experience is not only interesting for specialists from around Russia and its capital, but for the Japanese professor himself and his students as well.
The visitors got acquainted with preschool groups and also with teaching methods worked out for children with impaired hearing. They attended four group classes – those conducted in a sensory room, remedial gymnastics, those aimed at differentiating colours and shapes, and getting children acquainted with a matryoshka-doll. These were followed by performances given by the children.
“In Japan, they don’t work with preschool and elementary school children with such disabilities. This emerging area is only in its infancy there with soon-to-be graduates from the University of Tokyo taking up this cause upon graduation,” the headmistress noted.
The Japanese university professor highly commended the performance of teachers in Moscow.
“It includes both passive and active training, which is wonderful. Formal training is enough for adults, whereas children need the meaning, context and emotions. There are many specialists here who do a lot to try and boost children’s self-esteem,” he said.