Akira foundation has developed strategic partnership with other institutions to realize our vision and mission, and to advance social innovation. In collaboration with them, we are relentlessly pursuing meaningful opportunities to embody an ‘inclusive society’ in a creative, collective and cooperative way.
American Councils for International Education (ACIE)
American Councils for International Education was founded in 1974 as an association for area and language professionals. The organization has expanded to 400 professionals in 60 countries, with permanent offices in 20 countries. American Councils administers over 35 individual programs, each of which uniquely contributes to its vision of realizing opportunity through education. These programs fall into four categories: 1) Cultural exchanges, 2) Academic exchanges, 3) Language instruction and training programs, and 4) technical assistance programs.
*Source: American Councils for International Education 2011 Annual Report
Program ：The U.S. - Japan Youth Exchange Program
1828 L Street N.W. Suite 1200 Washington, D.C. 20036 USA
Center for Japanese-Filipino Families (CJFF)
“Starting in the 1970’s, the massive Filipino migration to Japan has produced a sudden increase in the number of Japanese-Filipino families. Today, hundreds of thousands have entered into Japanese-Filipino marriages and now live together in Japan as whole families or as single mothers with children.
This rapid increase in the number of Japanese-Filipino families pressures Japan’s closed society to accommodate changes.”
“…It is important to socially, economically, culturally, and ecumenically empower the members and the community of Japanese-Filipino families so that they can effectively participate in its mission in creating a place to live in a society where all are treated equally. Thus, to advocate and to work on these aspirations, the Center for Japanese-Filipino Families (CJFF) was born.”
Program ：Social Enterprise English Language School (SEELS)
Room 32 Japan Christian Center, 2-3-18, Nishiwaseda, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-0051, JAPAN
International Child Art Foundation (ICAF)
The International Child Art Foundation (ICAF) serves as the national arts & creativity organization for American children and the international arts & creativity organization for the world’s children.
Established in 1997, the ICAF is today independently ranked among the 25 Top Children’s Charities in the United States. Our Arts Olympiad has grown into the world’s largest and most prestigious children’s art program and the World Children’s Festival has become the world’s premier children’s celebration.
*Source: International Child Art Foundation HP (http://www.icaf.org/)
Program ：5th World Children’s Festival (WCF) 2015
P.O. BOX 58133 Washington, D.C. 20037 USA
Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC)
“Keio University opened its fifth university campus in Shonan Fujisawa in 1990. Located near the metropolis of Yokohama, Fujisawa is the ideal haven for academic endeavors with its quiet atmosphere. This future-oriented campus is comprised of three faculties – the Faculty of Policy Management, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, and Faculty of Nursing and Medical Care – and two graduate schools – the Graduate School of Media and Governance, and the Graduate School of Health Management. A defining characteristic of SFC is its state-of-the-art research institute, where it fosters a robust research culture that regularly produces groundbreaking results with wide-reaching benefits.”
Program ：Akira-Keio SFC Social Innovation Scholarship (AXIS)
5322 Endo, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa 252-0882, JAPAN
Social Enterprise English Language School (SEELS)
Social Enterprise English Language School, or ‘SEELS,’ was established in May, 2011 and, since then, has been supported by Akira Foundation, financially and non-financially. It adopts a socially innovative approach by tackling the triple bottom line: an unsolved issue of the socioeconomic status (SES) of Filipino migrants in Japan; a shortage of skilled English language teachers; and a pressing need for Japanese children to get an education at pre-schools in the aftermath of the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit the country’s eastern coastal region on March 11, 2011.
The educational programs served by SEELS are spreading through its micro-franchising model that targets low-income families who live in a hinterland or rural area where major English education service providers have missed out or untapped. Teachers are locally hired and serve as neighbors in intimate settings. Such a cultural and financial fit may work well in those communities, while helping SEELS lead more sustainable and impactful.
Program ：Franchised International Pre-School & Eikaiwa in Tohoku
Kojima Building, 29-21 Senju-Nakai-cho, Adachi-ku, Tokyo 120-0035 JAPAN
Thomson Reuters Foundation
“We don’t give grants. Instead we use our unique set of skills to run programmes that trigger change and empower people: free legal assistance, media development and in-depth coverage of the world’s under-reported stories.
We stand for human rights, women’s empowerment, better governance, greater transparency, and for the rule of law. We strive to provide concrete solutions. We achieve real impact.”
*Source: Website of Thomson Reuters Roundation
Program ：TrustLaw Connect
30 South Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London, E1 5EP, United Kingdom
The World Summit on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (THEWSIE)
THEWSIE was launched at United Nations in 2006. Supported by three UN agencies including UNDP along with International Chamber of Commerce, African Union, and multinationals like PepsiCo, Boeing, CNBC, and Microsoft, the first THEWSIE took place at the historic city of Muscat, Oman, and has been held every other year. With over 70 countries attended, THEWSIE focuses on a vision of what’s yet to come in lifestyle, health, energy, cities, technology, education and communication, and inspires and empowers knowledge leaders, aspiring entrepreneurs, government officials, and established enterprises.
Program ：The World Summit on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (THEWSIE)
Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1103, New York, NY 10118, USA