Do What You Love
Manai’s mission is to create such a world where people can freely immerse themselves in the things they love.
The human race had to sacrifice a lot in order to gain freedom. Through the tireless efforts of our ancestors, many of us are able to live a life free of oppression, feudal systems, doctrines and traditions. But now, if you look around, there are many people who are unconsciously oppressed by morality, collective promises, moods, pressure and restricted behavior.
We believe that you will be free in the true sense when you are able to immerse yourself with curiosity and your own belief – without getting held back by common sense, unspoken rules, and peer pressure that holds us back from freedom.
Create a place for people to meet ‘academics · peers · coaches · self-affirmation’
Manai will create a world where people can truly and freely pursue the things they love. Learning is the only way to make people free. By learning, people become free from the narrow world view and customs, the fixed ideas created by the atmosphere, and they will be able to live their own lives.
Manai will create a place where people can meet different disciplines. There, one can find what they are interested in and experience the immersion in the study where they can act out of impulse and gut feelings.
Manai will create a place where people can meet lifetime peers. Peers to cooperate with, sometimes even compete with and work hard together – these relationships will surely continue for a lifetime.
Manai will create a place where people can gain coaches. Elders you will meet at Manai may not be a typical teacher. They are people who can enjoy studying thoroughly by themselves and constantly pursue their passion and lead people through their own actions.
Manai will create a place where ‘self-affirmation’ will occur. Originally, schools are not place to learn things. It is a place to gain confidence and peace of mind through experiencing feelings like “I can do it” or “I am okay as I am.” The sense of “I can do it” is the driving force to challenge the difficult things at first glance, and the sense that “I am okay as I am” is the foundation of the spirit to take another step.
Update our learning
People learn only from immersion. When you are deeply immersing yourself to something, you learn as much as you can in the process. Even if it is unbalanced, Manai will place importance on exploring and digging deeply into the subjects of his or her interests.
Everyone gathering at the same place, at the same time, acquire knowledge in a one-way method, memorizing and reproducing it in tests. Repeating this does not allow people to immerse themselves in their favorite things and therefore cannot gain learning to become free. We know that, and a lot of people also already know.
Learning makes people free. We want to update our learning so that people can be motivated by the voices in their head, learn by getting immersed, and become free.
“Talent is something the society breeds and using those talents for the society is how to give back”
is the shared understanding who will act as a “Senpai” and support the students.
Each student who pass the assessment period and enroll to Manai will be assigned their own “Senpai.”
“Senpai,” as experienced member of the society, will help lead the students in their activities.
Specific roles of “Senpai” are:
- Building relationship with the student
- Financial support for the student’s learning
- Providing access to their network
“Senpai” will be able to give back to the society through the talented Manai student - expanding their communities and field through the student.
We believe that for the students during their impressionable times being able to receive support and walk through this time together, will be extremely memorable and impactful.