Professor Yamaguchi participated in the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development

UNESCO World conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) was held at Nagoya-city, Aichi prefecture in Japan for three days 10th-12th December, 2014. At the conference, Professor Yamaguchi presented the key findings of a regional research “Integrating transversal competencies in education policy and practice in Asia-Pacific”, which is jointly organized by UNESCO Bangkok and Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) and supported by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan.

The year 2014 marks the end of the United Nation decade of ESD (2005-2014). UNESCO ESD was organized not only to review the achievements and lessons learnt, but also to lay the basis of Global Action Program (GDP) as next steps. Over thousand people participated in the conference, including Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, representatives of the UNESCO member states, NGO, education experts, and academic professionals. Further, the conference was graced with the august presence of the Crown Prince.

Professor Shinobu Yamaguchi of Tokyo Institute of Technology Global Scientific Information and Computing Center contributed to the conference as a presenter in the workshop 1: “Teaching, assessing and promoting 21st century competencies” in Cluster IV (Setting Agenda for ESD beyond 2014) . Professor Yamaguchi shared the key findings of a regional research “Integrating transversal competencies in education policy and practice in Asia-Pacific”, which is jointly organized by UNESCO Bangkok and Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech).

The moderators and presenters of the workshop I consisted of the leading researches of transversal skills/21st century skills studies from the U.S., Europe, and the Asia, such as Dr. Harold Glasser, Dr. Esther Care, Dr. Maik Adomßent and Professor Yoshiyuki Nagata (rapporteur). The participants engagingly  discussed how education system can promote a broad range of skills and competencies, such as transversal competencies, which is increasingly considered as essential for education today.

the members of the workshop 1
participants of the workshop 1

In her presentation, Professor Yamaguchi presented how transversal skills were integrated into the education policy in 10 research participating countries in the Asia-Pacific region, highlighting the commonalities and the diversities among the countries (a title of the presentation: “Integrating Transversal Skills in Education Policies: Comparative Analysis of 10 Countries in Asia”). Her presentation attracted attention of the participants as the experiences from the region have not been fully shared to date. Further, participants agreed that engaging information sharing among experts should continue–and stressed that study on transversal competencies should carry on in collaboration with education experts around the world.

 

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