Children's Summer School
We host Children's Summer School at Mizuho Bank branches and other venues throughout Japan. The program is provided jointly between Mizuho Financial Group, Mizuho Bank, Mizuho Trust & Banking, and Mizuho Securities to support financial and economic education and contribute to local communities. Children learn about the roles of money, securities, and banks through on-site tours, classes, group work, and other activities during the summer school program.
Initiative continued since FY2011
Total number of participants since FY2011
FY2022 Children's Summer School
We offered three courses in FY2022.
1. Experiencing a day at a Mizuho branch
Courses at Mizuho Bank and Mizuho Securities branches providing hands-on experience of working at a branch office in a bank and securities company.
Dates varied depending on the branch (July–August 2022).
2. Learning about the future of money
An online course was held three times to learn about how money will be handled in the future.
August 9, 2pm–4pm
August 17, 2pm–4pm
August 25, 2pm–4pm
3. Joint online lesson with Odakyu Electric Railway
A joint online lesson was held two times, which combined Odakyu Electric Railway's summer program targeting children and our online course on topics such as the future of money.
August 23, 10am–12pm
August 23, 2pm–4pm
Highlights (branch visits)
After a brief orientation of the program, participants introduced themselves to employees using their own original business cards.
Participants toured the bank branch premises and experienced what being in a bank branch is like while listening to explanations from employees.
After experiencing the workplace, participants observed the jobs employees perform at the bank and learned about how money is managed.
* Session schedules may differ between branches. Pictures shown are of multiple sessions from several branches.
Comments from participating children
"I thought the job of bank employees was to take money, but we learned that they have other work to do as well." (Fourth grade student)
"I thought it was really fun to be able to explore the bank and see places there that others don't usually have the chance to see, such as the big safe." (Sixth grade student)
"I found it interesting that there is a special way to exchange meishi (business cards) and that bows should be made at a certain angle." (Third grade student)
"The visit to the bank made me want to use money with special care. I want to try keeping a record of my money." (Fourth grade student)
"I enjoyed learning how to count money." (Sixth grade student)
"I was really amazed by how heavy 100 million yen in cash is." (Third grade student)
Comments from employees
"The children and their guardians seemed to really enjoy it. I'd like the bank to continue offering this program because it provides a good opportunity to contribute to the local community."
"The children and the adults accompanying them seemed to be delighted by the tour. We were happy to provide a service that contributes to the community."
"By explaining the banking business to children, we gained a renewed awareness of how important our work is, and a strong sense of duty to continue striving to serve our customers."
"The children participating in the event seemed to enjoy it. We showed them how to exchange business cards and let them see 100 million yen first hand. I felt that it was good for us to have them gain hands-on experience at our bank."
"By interacting with the elementary school children of our community, I believe we were able to show how friendly a company Mizuho is."
"Teaching children about the roles of banking gave us the opportunity to review our work from a new perspective."