A brief history of Kumon Education SA

At Kumon, we are very proud of our heritage. For over 50 years, the Kumon programmes have been realising the potential of millions of children across the globe. To discover how Kumon developed from hand-written worksheets created by a devoted father, to the world's leading supplementary education provider, explore our timeline below.

The 1950s
1954
Toru Kumon, a gifted maths teacher in Japan, begins providing self-learning based education to his son, Takeshi. This is the prototype of the Kumon Method.
1955
The first Kumon study centre opens in Moriguchi City, Osaka, Japan.
1958
The Kumon Institute of Education is established.
1959
Toru Kumon starts the Advanced Student Honour Roll - celebrating students learning independently, above the level expected for their age.
The 1960s
1968
Toru Kumon retires from Osaka Municipal Higashi High School, ending his teaching career to focus on the business of the Kumon Institute.
1969
The number of Kumon students exceeds 10,000.
The 1970s
1974
The first Kumon centre outside of Japan opens in New York, USA.
1975
The number of Kumon students exceeds 100,000.
1976
Kumon celebrates the first student to complete the final worksheet in the maths programme.
1977
The first pre-school-aged child to be able to solve linear equations is nurtured via the Kumon Maths Programme.
1978
A ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of Kumon is held. Takeshi Kumon (Toru Kumon's son and the first Kumon student) is appointed as the President of the Kumon Institute of Education.
The 1980s
1980
The first Kumon Recommended Reading List is prepared.
1981
The number of Kumon students exceeds 1,000,000.
1987
The first Kumon International Instructors' Conference is held at the Kumon Kyoiku Kaikan in Osaka, Japan.
The 1990s
1990
The Kumon English Programme (for native English speakers) is launched in Australia.
1991
The first Kumon study centre is opened in South Africa.
1993
The number of Kumon students worldwide exceeds 2,000,000.
1995
Chairman Toru Kumon passes away at the age of 81 (25 July).
1997
Kumon Education South Africa (Pty) Ltd is established.
President Takeshi Kumon passes away (7 January).
The 2000s
2001
The number of Kumon students exceeds 3,000,000 worldwide.
2006
The number of Kumon students exceeds 4,000,000 worldwide.
Student numbers in Africa exceed 20,000 for the first time.
2007
Kumon Education SA (Pty) Ltd celebrates its 10th Anniversary.
2008
The Kumon Group celebrates its 50th anniversary.
The 2010s
2013
The number of Kumon students in Africa exceed 24,000 for the first time.