Ten new RISU-brand math tablets were distributed to Ajeltake Elementary School (AES), Woja Elementary School (WES) and Rairok Elementary School (RRES) following a presentation ceremony held at RRES recently. There are now a total of 14 RISU tablets on island.
The RISU tablet is a tool designed to provide math for kindergarten to high school senior levels. It is being used in Japan and the US.
Japan International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA) Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer (JOCV) teachers Hiroyuki Shibuya (AES), Toshio Akiyama (WES), Junko Tanaka (RRES and Long Island Elementary School), Taro Ogura (Kwajalein Atoll High School), and Tadashi Takaya (College of the Marshall Islands) pursued an online fundraising program that ended in May. It resulted with donations coming from international sponsors Nisho Trading and Pacific Islands Center, and local sponsors such as K&K Island Pride, Formosa, and Marshalls Japan Construction Company.
JOCV volunteers have been collaborating with Japanese company RISU JAPAN Ltd in providing more RISU math tablets, said Takaya. The first four tablets were distributed to AES and WES last year. Math performance results improved after these tablets were added as part of class activity. But more tables for more students are needed. Fundraising has helped to purchase a few more.
Read more about this in the November 25, 2016 edition of the Marshall Islands Journal.