Some Japanese schools are doing more than just educating. They are nurturing their students with life skills and to care for their surroundings.
The idea should be kept separated from the concept of forced child labor. The idea behind it is to make students conscientious about their surroundings so that they waste less and treat their environment with more respect.
In some parts of Japan, students spend around 20 minutes to clean up their classrooms, and their 45-minute lunch break is also a “learning period”. Kids themselves operate the lunch period and guess what? All students do it happily and willingly.