Social Education and Collaboration between Schools and the Community


Social Education and Collaboration between Schools and the Community

The Osaka Prefectural Board of Education supports communities in making bonds with a focus on children and promotes study by residents with the aim of improving the educational capacity of families and communities.

As initiatives to attain the aim, it accelerates home education, in addition to working together with schools, families and communities to promote the formation of child-nurturing “educational communities”, which assist schools via activities and offer children the venues where they can experience a variety of hands-on activities after school or on holidays. It also gives local communities volunteers and PTA members the training, leading to their spontaneous actions.  

The Osaka Prefectural Board of Education is offering opportunities in which children are familiarized with books, enlightening their parents and training relative organizations in order to increase children’s reading activities, in addition to promoting residential study and hands-on learning by utilizing mainly social education facilities such as libraries.

Prefectural libraries and outdoor learning centers

Name of facility, location and telephone number.


Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library
Kita-ku, Osaka City

The Prefectural Nakanoshima Library prioritizes the collection and provision of local documentation and old registers from Osaka as well as business support materials, in a building designated as an Important Cultural Property.It also conducts culture-related business and rents multi-purpose space to residents. Its collection contains approximately 600,000 volumes.

Osaka Prefectural Central Library
Higashiosaka City

As a leader of the network of the libraries within Osaka Prefecture, Osaka Prefectural Central Library collects and provides reading materials with broad and comprehensive views.It also offers assisted reading services for blind, in addition to operating the International Institute for Children’s Literature. It has an AV library where you can borrow DVDs for group training, a 380-seat hall and conference rooms. Its collection contains approximately 2.27 million volumes.

Youth Outdoor learning Center
Kaizuka City

The Youth Outdoor Learning Center is a facility including a campsite and outdoor cooking facilities, where children can experience group activities and outdoor activities.(It can be used by a small group through up to 400 people.)

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