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Fujikura Gakuen

Constantly Touched with Purity and Straight-Heartedness

Constantly Touched with Purity and Straight-Heartedness.

Constantly Touched with Purity and Straight-Heartedness

Tama Fujikura Gakuen is a facility full of lush trees. Here live 52 students with mental disabilities that range in age from of six to 26, cheerfully playing and studying together. At Oshima Fujikura Gakuen, which is surrounded by sea life, 72 people from the ages of 23 to 76 reside happily.

Many of them have significant mental disabilities. Most cannot speak clearly and they cannot live without nursing care.

On the day I visited the facility, there was a birthday ceremony that takes place once every month. Students were smiling as they eat cake while others joined the dancing in the performance circle and started dancing, their faces shining bright with delight.

Even if they cannot use words, the students eagerly attempted to communicate with us through gestures and actions. Their purity and straight-heartedness impressed me deeply.

Supporting Students So that They Can Live a Sound Life in Both Body and Soul

The educational therapy program invented by founder Teijiro Kawada still constitutes the center of Gakuen's programs as "heart training" in the Kawada style. This program encourages students to acquire the skill to adapt to society by training the "heart."

They need the hands of nursing staff when they take bath or they dry their hair. Students are trying to learn sincerely, for example, by cleaning training (cleaning using a wet rag); action training (basic action training such as standing, sitting, sleeping, etc), teaching tool training (training to learn social rules by using various tools); and, basic writing training so as to be able to do things for themselves as much as possible.

In the classroom, students are active in creation activities including making candles, beads accessories, and cutting and sewing. Their work is sold at charity events and when each piece is sold the joy is incomparable, creating a huge incentive.