Toda City in Japan Uses Metaverse Tools to Combat School Truancy – Metaverse Bitcoin News


Toda City, located north of Tokyo in Saitama Prefecture, is using metaverse-based tools to tackle the absenteeism problem facing Japan. The city includes children in virtual spaces where they can explore virtual campuses and take online classes, while preparing to eventually join regular classes again.

Toda City fights absenteeism with metaverse tools

The metaverse is beginning to be exploited in educational and therapeutic processes. Toda City, Japan is currently tackling the problem of school absenteeism using metaverse-based tools. The children, who would present problems of school attendance, use a tool created last year by an association in order to make the children wander in a virtual world.

This digital world allows children to explore a virtual campus and attend virtual classes, allowing them to prepare to start attending regular classes again. At least that’s what city officials hope, having also offered to count these metaverse classes as regular school time if the principal approves.

A fifth grader with almost 2 years old said that it is easier to build relationships and chat with others online than in the real world. Sugimori Masayuki, head of the city’s education center, hopes the children in this program will be able to live independently at some point.

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

The environment created by the Covid-19 measures has also been cited by Japanese media as a possible reason for record student suicides in 2020.

Virtual worlds and education

Various educational institutions in several fields have adopted the metaverse as a tool for education. In July, the University of Tokyo announced that it would begin offering a series of engineering courses in the metaverse later this year. In China, Nanjing University is set to set up one of the country’s first metaverse majors, to train workers who can then ostensibly take on metaverse-related jobs.

In September, ten US universities announced that they were already creating their digital campuses with the cooperation of Meta, as part of its $150 million immersive learning project. Similarly, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology also reported in July establishing a metaverse campus to reach students who cannot attend regular classes.

What do you think of Toda City’s use of metaverse tools to combat school absenteeism? Tell us in the comments section below.

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