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Teikyo University Faculty of Language StudiesDepartment of Language Studies
Associate Professor

Dr. Kenkako Nishimukai

What kind of teacher?
What kind of teacher?

After graduating from Meiji University, studied abroad in England. Completed the master's program at the Graduate School of Sociology and Anthropology, Faculty of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and obtained a doctorate from the Graduate School of Social Policy, Institute of Education, University of London. Since 2016, he has been appointed as a Senior Assistant Professor the Faculty of Language Studies, Teikyo University. Focusing on research on basic education in Sierra Leone and Ghana in Africa.


Seeds of "good education". Challenge from quantitative dissemination to qualitative improvement. Currently, about 90% of children in the world receive primary education, but there are still many issues, especially in developing countries, such as the spread and quality improvement of secondary and higher education. Professor Nishimukai is conducting research that will raise the level of education in such countries.

About 90% of children around the world go to elementary school

Educational support for developing countries by the international community has been provided since World War II. With the adoption of the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) in 2015, the education field also received a tailwind, and the quantitative spread of primary education was made in developing countries as well.

However, in developing countries such as Ghana, there are many problems with the learning environment, especially in rural areas.

Ghana has introduced free education from elementary school to high school, but problems such as a low rate of advancement after secondary education have become apparent. Especially in rural areas, it may not be possible to safely attend school during the rainy season, or it may be involved in accidents or incidents. An environment with poor hygiene, such as a toilet, can lead to a factor that makes female students distant due to physiological problems.

Family economics and awareness of education also affect children's learning outcomes

Ghana's public school operating funds are subsidized according to the number of students and are transferred once a year. The amount is about 200 yen per person. It is known that the financial condition of the family and awareness of education affect the learning outcomes of children because some schools provide supplementary lessons but parents have to bear the costs separately.

Furthermore, teachers'motivation and skills are reflected in differences in children's grades and learning motivation.

A survey of teachers and students' attitudes at high-ranking and low-ranking schools in rural Ghana revealed that the high motivation of teachers for lessons at the high-ranking schools led to ingenuity in teaching. In addition, some schools hold contests to increase children's motivation to learn. Since there is no difference in the remuneration system for teachers by region, the quality of education is left to the awareness and skills of teachers.

The value of society will increase through the chain of quality education.

Witnessing the current situation in Ghana, free education is just the start, and improvement requires ingenuity and effort. Still, teachers are a profession that children long for, and we know that schools with passionate teachers perform better. Education is about people facing people. By making efforts to solve problems and chaining high-quality education, the value of society will increase.