FORT ST. JOHN – Northern Lights College recently received visitors from one of its sister institutions, Jumonji Educational Institution. Accompanying the Institute’s Chairman, Kazuo Jumonji, to northeastern BC, were his wife and Mr. Hitoshi Fukuda, Director of Jumonji’s international exchange program.
Jumonji is a private school for girls located in Niiza City, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, directly adjacent to Tokyo. Nearly every August since 1990, approximately 15 Japanese students and their chaperone, Mr. Morita, have spent three weeks living in Fort St. John and attending classes at the College.
The purpose of the tour is to introduce the young Japanese women to Canadian culture and the English language. While in Fort St. John, students stay with host families, take English lessons at the College, and participate in Canadian recreational activities such as horseback riding, canoeing, Canadian cooking and line dancing.
Northern Lights College also has a scholarship exchange agreement with Jumonji Educational Institute that allows one Canadian female student to study in Japan for the months of May through July, and one Japanese female student to study English at NLC from September through April.
Jumonji Educational Institution focuses on excellence for the 21st Century. Educational excellence includes strong international understanding and cross cultural skills. With that in mind, the present Chairman, Mr. Kazuo Jumonji, has developed sister school relations with universities and colleges in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. This commitment to the empowerment of women is the basis for the sister school relationship established with Northern Lights College in 1990.
Jumonji Girls Highschool was founded in 1922 by Koto Jumonji, grandmother to the current chairman. Since then, Jumonji has evolved to include Jumonji Educational Institution which consists of Jumonji University, Jumonji College, Jumonji Highschool and Jumonoji Junior Highschool. There are also two Jumonji kindergartens.