SEELS offers its services at very low cost and price, compared to existing traditional English schools common near train stations or around major cities. Most of its teachers have been underserved Filipino migrants living in Japan and will be certified through a high quality teaching-learning method, dubbed the Community and Home Based English Teachers (CHOBET) training program, in collaboration with the national network of Filipino English Teacher in Japan (FETJ).
Akira Foundation provided Mr. Cesar Santoyo, Executive Director of the Center for Japanese-Filipino Families (CJFF) and President of SEELS, with a start-up grant for registration fees and ‘patient loans’ for seed capital. Akira Foundation has been progressively supporting SEELS in terms of operational and strategic management so that it would evolve into a successful and sustainable social enterprise, while addressing dual social- economic issues between the Philippines and Japan at a new level of collaborative and humanitarian approach.
“This partnership is a key to Akira Foundation’s effort to raise awareness of insidious social issues in Japan and realize one of the two pillars in our mission statement: promote social entrepreneurship to bridge between Japan and Global Village,” said Hirofumi Yokoi. “We will invest the necessary resources to make SEELS grow and sustain, while supporting it to create significant opportunities for Filipino migrants and lower-income families in Japan to gain more confidence and independence, both financially and socially.”