25 Years of JET

Kelebogile Moruane addressing JET participants

28 July 2022

Ambassador Norio Maruyama of Japan to South Africa had encouraging and inspirational words to share with the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program –JET participants from South Africa at a pre-departure reception. The JET program, established in South Africa 1997, marks a 25 year milestone since its inception and an accolade for South Africans as it remains the only African country to participate in this program. The JET resumes after two years as the Covid-19 global viral pandemic is being brought under control.

Mr Ryan Keet, head co-ordinator of the JET program in South Africa was one of the first participants of the program in 1997. It was life changing for the young South African who spent over a decade in Japan; three years on the JET program, a year working for Sendei City and seven years teaching at a private college. Alice Breslauer, who joined Keet as a pioneer of the program also attended the milestone event.

The Chairperson of the JET Alumni Association, Kelebogile Moruane, impressed on the participants to be dedicated to their work and carry out their duties professionally and responsibly. He explained that they owed their commitment to the Japanese government whom they are contracted to, and as South Africans to foster people to people exchanges and strengthen international relations between the two nations.

“Make the best of your time in Japan,” said Sinenhlahla Mchunu and Athenkosi Musoke in their message as 2022 participants. “Carry your African heritage with pride and dignity as you interact with Japanese culture and traditions,” they explained as the select few embark on this life-changing experience.