Teruko Weinberg Becomes Chairman Of The Japan Business Association (JBA) Education Committee
TWI’s President Teruko Weinberg was appointed chairman of the Japan Business Association (JBA) Education Committee. JBA is a non-profit organization that is formed by Japanese companies operating businesses in Southern California. JBA comprises of various committees which operate by region and for differing purpose. The goal of the Education Committee that Weinberg was appointed to is to promote the mutual understanding of local schools and the Japanese expatriate children that attend such schools. The committee puts in much effort into the “U.S. Educators To Japan Program (USEJ)” where local teachers are invited to go on a learning trip to Japan.
The USEJ program is in its 35th year and 8 educators will be visiting Japan in June. This trip is to show appreciation to the local public schools where JBA member children attend, as well as to have the educators fully understand Japan’s culture and educational situation, and utilize such experiences in actual educational circumstances. To generate funds for this program, there is a golf invitational fundraising event that takes place.
Furthermore, donations to public schools under the “Local School Support Program” are also an important activity. There is also the “Japanese Enrichment Grant (JEG) Program” which supports Japanese cultural and language education at local schools and its classes. In addition, through such activities as “Education Seminar; University Symposium” and “Education Fair; Explanation of Japanese Schools”, JBA provides the latest information on local schools and on Japanese schools for those expatriates that will be returning to Japan.
Being appointed as chairman of the Education Committee, Weinberg talks about her goals in the JBA newsletter. “After being an Education Committee member for 15 years, I was assigned a very important role as chairman of this committee. Together with all of our members, I would like to put in all my efforts from revitalizing the USEJ to fulfilling education committee activities. Thank you for your support.” Weinberg’s term is until March 2010.
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