FOUNDERS, MOTHERS, LEADERS & PIONEERS IN INTERNATIONAL EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Over 15 years ago, two mothers started an International School with a clear vision of educating young children. Mothers to international school graduates, they knew exactly what it takes to raise a global citizen with a clear understanding of their identity.
Ms. Irene and Mrs. Yang still watch over J’s International School, with their true passion in raising children, creating a diverse community, and solidifying an educational system which helps children become global citizen.
THE IMPORTANCE OF PRESERVING THE MOTHER TONGUE/ CREATING A BILINGUAL CHILD
The two mothers in parallel worlds, raising their young ones, realized early on that their mother tongues were at risk when attending international schools. Their children started speaking English at home, jeopardizing their Japanese fluency.
This meant that their children’s mother tongue was taking second place, which could have left their Japanese in limbo forgotten.
At J’s we emphasize having our families speak their mother tongue at home and outside of school. It is important to have the child understand their background and have a strong connection with their family. We do not want to create a melting pot but a “where each individual child is respected the way they are placed.” In our definition of global citizenship, we do not mean that a child loses their identity but understands who they are and are still able to connect with anyone anywhere in the world. This can only happen after the child knows their identity and is able to respect the people they meet across their lives.