Professor Makoto Shichida led a worldwide revolution in education that is changing the way we understand children, their learning styles and their brain capabilities.
Makoto Shichida initiated his career as an English teacher in Gotsu, Japan in 1958. He instructed children of varying ages, ranging from toddlers to teenagers. The striking dissimilarity in learning ability between very young children and teenagers intrigued him.
The younger a child was, the more capable they proved to be in assimilating substantial amounts of information and cultivating a profound passion for learning. This observation compelled Makoto to conduct research into developmental brain distinctions and teaching techniques for a span of 25 years. The outcome of this research led to the establishment of the Shichida Method of Education.
The inaugural Shichida center experienced significant success upon its inauguration in Gotsu in 1976. Presently, over 250 Shichida centers are operational in Japan, with its influence spanning across more than 18 countries. Shichida early learning centers are rapidly emerging worldwide.
“Shichida Education is a soul education. The main aim of the Shichida method is not just to give children knowledge but to cultivate their heart and soul”
– Makoto Shichida
The Shichida Method emphasises the importance of the parent-child bond. This bond has a huge impact on the quality of learning in early childhood.
Makoto felt that all children are born with unique abilities which are innate and easy to develop. With proper training and parental guidance, we can draw out these abilities in all children.
Makoto Shichida has received numerous awards for his breakthrough research. These include the highest honourable Merit Prize by the World Science Council. He also received a Grand Knight Title for World Peace in 1997 and the World Peace Prize in 1998. In 2003, he was bestowed the Swedish Academy for Health and Medical Sciences Grand Prize and the Higashiku Ninomiya Invention Award.