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Welcome to the Ibaraki Prefectural Board of Education


What is the Ibaraki Prefectural Board of Education?

1 Board of education system

A board of education is a representative council established in prefectures or municipalities to oversee matters related to education in accordance with the Act on the Organization and Operation of Local Educational Administration.
The Japanese board of education system is based on the principle of lay control, which means that basic policy is discussed and determined from a broader perspective by a board consisting of part-time lay members and that the secretariat is administered and supervised by a superintendent, who is an educational administration expert.

  • A board of education has five members (there may be six members for prefectures under a prefectural ordinance).
  • Each board member is appointed by the governor or mayor, subject to approval by the prefectural or municipal assembly, and serves four years.
  • The chairperson of the board of education, who is elected from among the members, represents the board and chairs meetings. The term is one year.
  • The superintendent of the board of education, who heads the secretariat, is appointed from among the members by the board.

2 What is the Ibaraki Prefectural Board of Education?

The Ibaraki Prefectural Board of Education has six members and promotes education in cooperation with municipal boards of education in order to nurture Ibaraki’s children and provide residents with opportunities to enrich their lives through learning.


Message from the Superintendent

-- Aiming for an educational prefecture where individual residents shine and grow --

Currently, the way of education that supports children’s growth confronted a new phase because of the globalization, rapid informatization and progress of technological innovation that have occurred in the world.
Among these rapid changes, what we, who are engaged in education, are required is to cultivate children’s many kinds of abilities, such as ability to correspond various changes and to challenge and settle problems coping with others, etc. for children would live in incoming lives.
These days, a lot of future prediction which reflects the following concerning was announced; “Occupation of human being might be deprived by AI (artificial intelligence) in the future”, “What children learn at school might not be applicable when the time changes” Taking into account future of children who would live in the society that no one has ever experienced, I think the education is required to cultivate children so that they can initiatively face and get involved the problems and they can create the better society and their each life through the process.
Especially in school education, improvement of children’s learning way has been required; learning quality is weighed, based on the three pillars which are given in New Course of Study Guideline for cultivation of quality and ability.
Since school education system has been changed from the one centered on school-teachers’ lecture to the one centered on children’s-learning, teachers are anticipated to be changed from teaching expert to leaning expert.
On the basis of the time’s changes, in April 2016, Ibaraki Prefecture Board of education have established the “ Ibaraki Educational Plan” whose basic theme is as follow; “We will nurture children’s autonomy and independence, which aims at Education- centered Prefecture where individual person can initiatively live and we are addressing various policies under four basic principles such as “ cultivation of children’s autonomy and independency by whole society”, “Cultivation of stable scholastic ability and utilization ability”, “Promotion of lifelong learning and art and cultural activities and sports activities”, “ Building of educational environment where everyone can learn in life long period”.
Through making effort to address them, we would like to build system that whole society protects and cultivates children while schools, homes and communities adequately play their respective roles.
We would grow children who can strongly live with autonomy and independency, kindness and thoughtfulness.
And we plant to cultivate well-balanced children with fundamental scholastic ability, fertile mind, sound body.
From the concept that baby and infant days effect formation of personality in life, we are initiatively promoting pre-school-education and home-education.
For the future we would create a Promotion Action Plan which shows concrete policies and goals in order to realize “Prospect for Pre-school Education and Home-Education Promotion”, which was determined in Promotion Conference for Pre-school Education and Home-Education, and would establish connection program between nursery, kindergarten and elementary school for the purpose of building smooth connection between infant and elementary school education, and provide workshops for teachers to improve the quality of infant education.

It would be very important for the society that not only children but also respective adults can live initiatively. We would provide new measures and policies based on the educational plan aiming at education-centered Prefecture. Your kind understanding and cooperation would be highly appreciated.

November 2017

Koich Shibahara

The Ibaraki Board of Education superintendent of education



Organization of the Ibaraki Prefectural Board of Education

The Ibaraki Board of Education is made up of 9 divisions, 5 educational offices, 119 prefectural schools (97 high schools, 2 secondary schools, and 22 schools for special needs education), and 20 other educational facilities such as libraries, museums, lifetime study centers, centers for children and youth, and sport related facilities).

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Welcome to Ibaraki Prefectural Board of Education

Ibaraki Education Plan

Education in Ibaraki 2011(Ibaraki Prefectural Board of Education data)