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Apr 22, 2022

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SuRaLa Net improves Mathematical ability of primary school students in Palau in project by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications to utilize digital learning materials with Mathematic e-learning “Surala Ninja!” using tablets

Tokyo,Japan, April 22, 2022—SuRaLa Net Co.,Ltd., a Japanese leading EdTech company, participated in the “Contract for research and demonstration of overseas development of digital utilization in education, healthcare, and other fields in developing countries” which PADECO Co., Ltd. was commissioned by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) of Japan, and provided “Surala Ninja!” Math e-learning material for overseas primary school students. The tablets donated by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) for the purpose of improving math learning through digital learning materials were used to create opportunities for local primary school students to have individual learning opportunities in math. Even when schools were closed due to the spread of COVID-19, it continued to offer learning as home learning and achieved results in improving basic academic skills.

In Palau, an academic achievement survey conducted by the Ministry of Education showed a decline in achievement in math and arithmetic as students move up through the grades, and there was a need to improve teachers’ teaching methods and provide materials and opportunities for self-learning. In Palau, tablet terminals for learning had been provided from overseas, but they were not fully utilized due to teachers’ lack of knowledge about teaching methods and the need for maintenance of the terminals.

This project was implemented as part of education support activities conducted by PADECO in cooperation with the Ministry of Education in Palau, utilizing tablet terminals donated to the Palauan government by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications through BHN Association, a specified non-profit organization. SuRaLa Net provided “Surala Ninja!”, a Math e-learning program for overseas primary school students, to a total of 116 students in grades 1-4 at Maris Stella School, a local private primary school. The local school is facing a chronic shortage of teachers, and our e-learning contributed not only to improving the students’ academic performance but also to reducing the teachers’ workload.

After conducting training for teachers in November 2021, it began e-learning classes using Surala Ninja! in December of the same year . However, local primary schools were closed in January 2022 due to COVID-19 cases in Palau. Taking advantage that students can study individually online with Surala, it continued to offer learning as home learning. Its staff worked with local teachers to monitor the children’s learning status using a learning management system, and provided remote support by talking to students who were behind in their studies individually. Additionally, they motivated students to learn by setting up awards based on their learning progress and holding online ceremonies.

(Picture: Online Ceremony)

The students maintained their study time even after shifting to home learning, and the first grade students in particular showed a significant increase in study time. Moreover, a test to assess basic academic skills in arithmetic, which was conducted at the beginning of the project, was conducted again in early March, and the results showed an overall average improvement of 18.8 points, with particularly high growth in the lower grades. Additionally, the students’ calculation speed improved significantly as a result of repeated practice of “Box calculation” in order to strengthen their basic calculation skills.

Baseline (conducted in the second week of December) vs. endline (conducted in the second week of March): academic achievement test

Scope of questions: (Grades 1-3) Number concepts, addition, subtraction (Grades 4) Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division

Baseline (conducted in the second week of December) vs. endline (conducted in the second week of March): Box Calculation

Grade2: Addition and Subtraction (10 Box)
Grade3: Addition and Subtraction (50 Box), Multiplication (27 Box)
Grade4: Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication (50 Box), Division(20 questions)

Some of the results were reported at the seminar held on March 4. Vice President J. Uduch Sengebau-Senior, Minister of Education Dale Jenkins and Ambassador of Japan Akira Karasawa, were in attendance, and a video message from State Minister for International Affairs and Communications of Japan Mr. Yusuke Nakanishi was also aired. Receiving words of appreciation from various sectors, the event heightened expectations for digital education in the future.

(Left: Local scene in Palau, Right: Video message by Mr. Nakanishi, State Minister for International Affairs and Communications of Japan)

SuRaLa Net will continue to contribute to solving the social issue of educational inequality by utilizing cutting-edge technology.

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 430,000 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. Also, as Japanese-style education has been attracting attention in many countries around the world in recent years, we have been selected for projects by the Japanese government and international organizations, and are expanding our activities.
About our overseas business, please refer to the website: https://surala-net.com/

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