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EIC History

How EIC started

EIC2001
It all started in 2001 when Mr. Yoichi Funabashi, a columnist at the Asahi Shinbun newspaper who wrote an article called Aete Eigo Kouyougoron (“Should English be an Official Language?”), contacted us and said, “If we don’t take any measures, the whole Japanese education system will collapse. Why don’t we think and work together to make changes?” Later, Mr. Morihiko Hiramatsu (the former Governor of Oita Prefecture), Mr. Kazuichi Sakamoto (the former President of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University), the staff and students from APU, Professor Kensaku Yoshida and students from Sophia University, and an international journalist, Ms. Reiko Kinoshita, joined us to help realize the idea of the English Immersion Camp. As a result, the English Immersion Camp was born as the first long-term camp (10 days or more) in Japan.

 

About No. of Children and Place from 2001 to 2018

Year No.of Kids No. of Days Place Other Events
2001 30 12 Beppu (APU)
2002 100 14 Yokohama
2003 56 10 Yokohama 1st Mega Reunion, APU
2004 60 10 Yokohama
2005 60 10 Yokohama
2006 64 10 Yokohama 2nd Mega Reunion, Tokyo
2007 72 10 Yokohama 1st APN, Tokyo
2008 72 10 Hachikogen 2nd APN, Shin Osaka
2009 144 7 (two times)

Yokohama &

Hachikogen

3rd APN, Shin Osaka
2010 246 7 (three times) Shiga

4th APN, Shin Osaka

1st Indonesia Study Tour

2011 215 7 (three times) Shiga EIC 10th Anniversary
2012 329

4 (two times)

6 (two times)

Shiga

5th APN, Shin Osaka.

1st Tohoku Trip

2013 376

4 (two times)

6 (three times)

Shiga 6th APN, 2nd Tohoku Trip
2014 361

4 (two times)

6 (two times)

Shiga

7th APN, 3rd Tohoku Trip

2nd Indonesia Study Tour

 2015  312 4 (two times)6 (two times) Shiga & Shizuoka 8th APN, 4th Tohoku Trip
 2016  322 4 (two times)6 (two times) Shiga & Shizuoka 15th Anniversary of EIC,5th Tohoku Trip
 2017  314 4 (two times)6 (two times) Shiga & Shizuoka

9th APN,

3rd Indonesia Study Tour

 2018  224  6 (four times) Shiga & Shizuoka 10th APN
2019 204  6 (three times) Gunma & Shizuoka

 

About EIC 10th Anniversary Event

10th_Big Our EIC 10th Anniversary Event was successfully held in Osaka on July 30th, 2011. More than 250 people, including past participants and their families, former Camp Leaders, Kumon staff, Kumon Instructors, guests, and EIC 2011 Camp Leaders gathered to commemorate EIC’s 10th anniversary.

At the event, members who had participated in the Indonesia Study Tour to Jakarta shared what they had learned from their precious experience.

Furthermore, participants listened to two presentations by people who have taken action to support those who suffered from the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. After listening to the presentations, participants were able to share their thoughts and ideas and also discussed their activities and actions contributing to relief and recovery efforts.

 

The EIC 10th Anniversary Event was a meaningful and motivational day for everyone attending. The Global Network Team will continue to strengthen and enlarge our network.

 

Today, the EIC network has spread to more than 90 countries and regions throughout the world (as of August, 2019). We would like to make the world a better place by encouraging and supporting one another. We are convinced that if we combine the energy of each and every EIC participant, we can do great things. Let’s make Japan and the world a better place by communicating in English!

 

Expanding global Network