As a culmination of the year’s “Saturday Courses” and as a welcome to new students, a “Commemorative Lecture of Saturday Courses” is held in the main hall of the Konan Citizens Cultural Center in April every year. The lecture is open to students as well as parents. So far, we have held more than 20 commemorative lectures. We’ve invited experts, including five Nobel laureates, as lecturers from various countries and fields. It stimulates intellectual curiosity to listen to them and is a great opportunity for students to increase their motivation for learning.
In 2002, when we introduced a five-day school week, we started a new educational program held every month on alternating Saturdays called ‘Saturday Courses.’ There are two types of courses, (1) academic and (2) cultural, which are based on voluntary student participation. School faculty members and invited lecturers set up these courses to provide education not available through standard classes. Students themselves could also be lecturers according to their expertise and the areas they are interested in.