Kumon’s Mission

Kumon Mission:

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By discovering the potential of each individual and developing his or her ability to the maximum, we aim to foster sound capable people and thus contribute to the global community.

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Let us look a little deeper into what the Kumon Mission means:

1st part of the Kumon Mission:

By discovering the potential of each individual and developing his or her ability to the maximum

It is Kumon’s mission to discover and develop each individual’s potential. We must first believe that each and every individual has the potential to excel within themselves. Only then can we begin to guide them to achieve that potential.

2nd part of the Kumon Mission

We aim to foster sound capable people and thus contribute to the global community.

In Kumon, we aim to nurture and encourage all the positive characteristics that a person should have so that the individual can contribute to his / her family and bring a positive change to the global community.

Ultimately, the aim of Kumon is to create “World Peace Through Education”. We can make this dream come true by focusing on each individual child, to bring out the best in him/her, and to help ensure that the Life Skills he/she learns in Kumon will carry into adulthood.

I would also like to include a passage that explains the Kumon Mission further:

“Without doubt, each and every child has wonderful potential. Every child essentially wants to grow. But because children don’t realise this for themselves, or because of their environment or the way they are treated by adults, they convince themselves that they are no good or that there is no point in even trying.

This is the same as having a lid placed on their potential. If that lid can be removed, then children will grow and grow on their own accord. They reveal ability that far exceeds the expectations of adults and that leads one to believe that each child’s potential must be unlimited.

If, through their own efforts, children can feel the joy of realising just how much potential they have, that will provide them with energy for their growth and all at once their potential will bloom.

To remove the lid from a person’s potential is the essence of education. How to go about doing that is to give children work that is just right for their ability and to gradually allow them to increase their ability while gaining a sense of achievement and self-confidence. It is the Kumon Method of learning that has thoroughly investigated this essence of education.

Adapted from the book VIA – PEOPLE ARE EVERYTHING by Yasuo Annaka, past President of the Kumon Institute of Education

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