Toda City in Japan Is Using Metaverse Tools to Combat School Absenteeism

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Toda City, located north of Tokyo in Saitama Prefecture, is using Metaverse-based tools to fight the problem of absenteeism facing Japan. The city includes children in virtual venues where they can explore virtual campuses and attend online classes, while eventually preparing to rejoin regular classes.

Toda City grapples with absenteeism with Metaverse tools

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Metaverse is beginning to be used as part of educational and therapeutic processes. In Toda City, Japan, is currently fighting The problem of school absenteeism using metaverse-based tools. Children, who are said to present problems with school attendance, are using a tool created last year by a nonprofit that aims to let children roam the virtual world.

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This digital world allows children to explore a virtual campus and participate in virtual classes, helping them prepare to attend regular classes again. At least that’s what city officials hope, proposing to count these metaverse classes as regular time at school if the principal approves.

Fifth graders with almost 2 years of age declared that it is easier to relate and chat with others online than in the real world. The head of the city’s education center, Sugimori Masayuki, hopes the children involved in the program will be able to live independently at some point.

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School absenteeism is becoming a major problem in Japan. A recent survey by the Ministry of Education in Japan found it that 244,940 students were absent from schools for 30 days or more in 2021. Officials say this may be related to the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affected the way children interact with others.

The environment created by Kovid-19 measures has also been quoted by Japanese media as a possible cause of record student suicides in 2020.


Virtual world and education

Various educational institutions in many fields have adopted the metaverse as a tool for education. In July, the University of Tokyo announced that it would begin offering a range of engineering courses in the Metaverse later this year. In China, Nanjing University is preparing to establish one of the first Metaverse majors in the country, to train workers who will then be able to take on jobs related to the Metaverse.

In September, ten universities in the US announced that they were already building their digital campuses as part of their $150 million immersive learning project in collaboration with META. Similarly, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology also set about building a Metaverse campus in July to reach students who are unable to attend regular classes.

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