Social Innovation and Leadership Program, Summer 2017
Originally from Gumma, Sae is majoring in Policy Management at Keio University.
Sae’s dream is to close the education gap created by poverty. She became interested in this after recognizing that low income families had less education opportunities. According to a study from Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT), 70% of education cost in a household is spent on education classes that supplement material from the traditional school day. Thus, when a family’s income cannot support this, students are unable to access tutoring and test preparation, which creates the education gap.
Sae aims to create more opportunities for children living in poverty to access supplemental education, and believes that digital devices can make this possible. She sees technology as an excellent tool to bridge the education gap, as they allow flexible access to an enormous amount of information, as well as online education.
Through the TOMODACHI-Microsoft iLEAP Social Innovation and Leadership Program, Sae is excited to visit multiple social enterprises and expand her knowledge of social issues. She is looking forward to exchanging her ideas, expanding them through others’ advice, and learning how to combat potential barriers.