Mar 2, 2022
Supporting to develop foundational academic ability of underprivileged children
Tokyo, Japan, March 2, 2022—SuRaLa Net Co.,Ltd., Japanese leading EdTech company, and its partner company, Next Learners (Pvt) Ltd, start providing Mathematics e-learning “Surala Ninja!” to Child Action Lanka, island-wide NGO to support children. In the midst of concerns about educational disparity due to the impact of COVID-19, it supports underprivileged children to improve their basic academic skills through individualized learning.
“Surala Ninja!” is an e-learning system developed for primary school students as an overseas version of “Surala”. Through interactive animations, students can enjoy learning the four arithmetic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. In Sri Lanka, in collaboration with the partner company, Next Learners (Pvt) Ltd., it has been providing e-learning mainly for private schools and tuition schools, as well and also has also been actively involved in addressing the education inequality in Sri Lanka by providing to the SOS Children’s Village, which supports children who are separated from their families as well as operating “Surala JUKU” math classes for children from low-income families in collaboration with Women’s Bank, one of the largest microfinance organizations in the country.
Child Action Lanka is an island-wide NGO that operates support centers for children in eight locations in Sri Lanka, focusing on the three pillars of education, health and nutrition, and child protection. The centers provide nutritious meals and a variety of learning activities to children who are vulnerable due to poverty and other factors, and are used by children of all ages, from pre-school to high school. In February this year, a math class using “Surala Ninja!” started at a center in Galle, a city in the southern part of Sri Lanka, and the program will be expanded to other centers in the future.
The Surala class is the first math class in the educational activities offered at the center. “Surala Ninja!”, an e-learning material that integrates lecture, drill, and test functions, enables facilitators with little experience in teaching math to provide high-quality math education. At the Galle’s center, a new PC room has been set up and classes are divided by grade group, allowing children from elementary to junior high school to learn according to their individual academic abilities.
Debbie Edirisinghe, Founding Director of Child Action Lanka, said “It is important for us to examine education with new eyes. Why do we try to limit our children to learning from books when there’s so much more. We are really grateful to SuRaLa Net for reviving a passion for Math in our children by helping them explore beyond and above.”
In Sri Lanka, schools were closed for almost two years due to COVID-19, and even after they reopened last autumn, the situation has remained unstable due to the spread of the Omicron and other factors, and the country has been hit hard economically. While there are concerns about learning gaps, SuRaLa Net will continue to work with local partners to provide higher quality education and help children improve their basic academic skills.
Through its business activities, SuRaLa Net is working to address social issues, and publishes the Impact Management Report, which visualizes the logic behind the creation of impact. Poverty is one of the four social issues we are focusing on, along with school absenteeism, developmental / learning disabilities, and poor academic performance, and we will continue to provide learning opportunities to children with economic difficulties and aim to address the educational gap.
For more information on SuRaLa Net’s ESG initiatives, please refer to our website.
About the e-learning material “Surala Ninja!”
This e-learning system is developed for elementary school students as an overseas version so that students can enjoy learning the four rules of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division through interactive animations. Students can learn at their own pace on their own devices, and educators can adjust the learning content based on students’ understanding and progress through the learning management system, thus realizing personalized learning for each student. Currently, there is a Sinhala version for Sri Lanka, an Indonesian version for Indonesia, and an English version that is mainly used in India and the Philippines.
About SuRaLa Net
With the corporate philosophy of “Innovate education, empower children to drive their futures” SuRaLa Net provides the adaptive interactive ICT teaching materials “Surala” and “Surala Drill” to more than 400,000 students in about 2,500 tuition schools and schools in Japan. While our products are widely used in public schools, famous private junior and senior high schools, and major tuition schools nationwide, we continue to grow by providing learning opportunities for students with developmental and academic disabilities, truancy, and those from economically disadvantaged households, as well as other solutions to Japan’s educational issues, and listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers in 2017 as a leading EdTech startup company.
Starting the overseas business in 2014, we introduce our solutions to private schools and tuition schools in many countries. We started our overseas business in 2014, and our e-learning have been introduced to private schools and tuition centers in various countries. In recent years, Japanese-style education has been attracting attention in many countries around the world, and the Japanese government has been working to support the overseas expansion of EdTech companies. Following the “Future Classroom” overseas development support project implemented by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), which was adopted last year, this year, SuRaLa Net is working as an authorized project of the “EDU-Port Japan” pilot project, which the overseas development of Japanese-style education through collaboration among all-Japan including the public and private sectors.
About our overseas business, please refer to the website: https://surala-net.com/
About Next Learners
As the first E-learning company in Sri Lanka, Next Learners (Pvt) Ltd has been providing a Japanese Math E-Learning program named “SuRaLa Ninja!”. By collaborating with a leading education technology company “SuRaLa Net Co.,Ltd” in Japan, we have started distributing the program which has initially been operated as a public-private cooperation project partnering with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Accordingly, it has expanded the operation, and currently about 20 schools have been installed with “SuRaLa Ninja!”.