Louis Riel School Division prides itself on providing meaningful and engaging experiences inside and outside the classroom. Our Japanese Cultural Enrichment Program is one way we bring this to life.
Meitoku Gijuku is a high school in southern Japan with an enrolment of 975 students. Our students can travel to participate in its Japanese immersion program, where they will study written and spoken Japanese and have the opportunity to participate in numerous cultural activities with other students from Australia, China, Korea, Thailand and Vietnam.
Students stay in a dormitory and the school cafeteria provides all meals. Students have full access to computer facilities and libraries and receive the necessary materials and clothing to ensure they are part of the student body.
The learning experience is enhanced by excursions to local sites, businesses, nearby communities and cultural attractions. Students can learn about bamboo production, visit a paper factory or take in the history and sites in Kochi City. They also have the opportunity to join one the school's many clubs that focus on sports, martial arts or the fine arts.
Read about the 2015 group of students who took part in the Meitoku exchange.
Visit the Meitoku Gijuku website for more information.
In addition to learning about the Japanese language and culture, our students will have an opportunity to develop an appreciation for:
- International culture, traditions, languages and lifestyles
- International interdependence and cooperation
- The importance of diplomacy, its processes, protocols and benefits
- Canada's role in the global community
- Canada's cultural diversity and heritage
Who can participate?
Students in Grade 10 from each of our high schools are invited to apply for the nine-week cultural enrichment program in February, 2015.
Those selected will have demonstrated leadership potential, a sound character, a passion for learning and enthusiasm for new experiences in their school and community.
Courses, Credits and Evaluation
The program is designed to enhance student's current educational experience. Students have the opportunity to earn up to two credits during their nine-week stay at Meitoku. These credits will be treated as "out-of-country" credits when students return to their home school. Evaluation of student's progress in Japan will be at the discretion of the Meitoku teachers who will submit formal written reports once the program is completed.
In addition to studies overseas, students may register for the following optional LRSD online courses:
- English 30S
- History 30S
- Physical Education 30S
To create a truly authentic writing experience, students will keep a blog and submit a journal at the end of their studies. They will be invited to share their experience through presentation to school groups, government agencies, service groups and local media after returning to Winnipeg.
For more information about the Meitoku program, costs, application process and how to get involved, contact the International Education Department.
Farewell to Our Meitoku Students
After ten months, it is time to say good-bye to our students from Meitoku Gijuku High School in Kochi, Japan. These students should be very proud of their accomplishment and our school division recognizes their efforts and successes as well as the contributions that they have made. We would also like to thank the homestay families for welcoming these students into their homes and making their time in Canada so enjoyable.
For 25 years, Meitoku Gijuku High School has been sending students to the Louis Riel School Division and in return, receiving students from us. This long-standing cooperation has had a significant impact on many people and we look forward to many more years of involvement.
We wish this year's group all the best in the future!