Japanese Classroom
If you click on this link you will see a video of a Japanese Classroom. You will compare and contrast it to a Kenyan classroom. The transcript is given below:

NARRATOR: His hometown of Nara was once Japan’s capital. Home to Buddhist temples dating from the 7th century, Nara instills respect for tradition.
CHIZUKO HIGASHIGUCHI, KEN’S MOTHER: In Japan, a lot of people try to give good education to the children and we want to give Ken a lot of chances, a lot of opportunities…but the most important thing is for Ken…
CHIZUKO HIGASHIGUCHI, KEN’S MOTHER: …to be happy for his life.
NARRATOR: Today Ken joins the ranks of students who follow a long, well-planned journey through one of the most successful school systems in the world…and one of the most demanding.
HEADMASTER: For the new students, I’d like to tell you three things. Number one - do everything on your own. For example, did you get up by yourself?
HEADMASTER: Did you brush your teeth and wash your face without being told? Maybe today you had help from your mother…or maybe you had help from your father…but starting tomorrow I hope you’ll be doing these things on your own.
NARRATOR: Japan has long invested in education, and Ken’s tuition is free. The books and materials have that new smell - and each student is given his or her own enticing supply.
TEACHER: In this notebook, I’ll be corresponding with the parents.
TEACHER: Please bring this everyday.
NARRATOR: For many children around the world, this experience might be daunting - but not for Ken. He has attended pre-school since the age of one. It’s only the second day of first grade, but he has no problem reading the words of the school song.
TEACHER: Let’s all say our daily greeting.
CLASS: Good morning!

Kenyan Classroom
If you click on this link you will see a Kenyan classroom which you will compare and contrast to the Japanese Classroom you saw earlier. The transcript is given below;

NARRATOR: Joab’s class has 74 students - and one teacher.
MARY MACHARIA, JOAB’S TEACHER: Teaching 70 children how to read is not easy…and some of them have never even entered a classroom…
MARY MACHARIA, JOAB’S TEACHER: They did not have the basic foundation of education. They had not gone even to a nursery school, so it was hard to start with the letters…with the alphabet.
NARRATOR: To cope with the multiple challenges, Mary’s first grade classroom has been specially outfitted. The students sit on mats not only because the school can’t afford desks - but more children fit in the room that way. Most of the teaching aids are made by the teachers themselves, right down to the paint for the blackboards and everything is geared to keeping the children engaged in their own learning.
STUDENTS: One, two, three, four, five
MARY MACHARIA: How many are they?
STUDENTS: Five
MARY MACHARIA: How many?
STUDENTS: Five
MARY MACHARIA: There are five. Who can choose number five?
STUDENTS: Teacher, teacher…
MARY MACHARIA: The number three…
MARY MACHARIA: Joab is a bright boy, very enthusiastic and ready to learn.
MARY MACHARIA: The number first. Correct?
STUDENTS: Yes.
MARY MACHARIA: The number three. Correct?
STUDENTS: Yes.
MARY MACHARIA: Why don’t you roll for him? Roll, roll, faster, faster, come on, and clap.