Cooperation with JICA

Cooperation with JICA

Event Report

Seminar on the Promotion of Education for Girls and Women

Date:January 25 to February 10, 2010


The "FY2009 Seminar on the Promotion of Education for Girls and Women Ⅱ" was held from Monday, January 25 to Wednesday, February 10, 2010. The National Women's Education Center, Japan, commissioned by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), has been hosting a series of seminars since FY 2001 for administrative officials of developing countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle and Near East and other regions with the intention of improving their policy development skills in the area of education promotion programs and schemes that involve a perspective of eliminating gender disparity in primary education. A total of 12 trainees were welcomed this year: two each from three countries, namely, Afghanistan, Cameroon and Jordan, and one each from Laos, Malawi, Mali, Nicaragua, Niger and Pakistan.

The participants heard lectures on the Japanese education system and the education project that JICA is running in Yemen, and also attended other programs, including a workshop on gender equality in education. The Seminar group arrived at the Center on January 27 and toured its "Information Center for Women's Education" and "Women's Archives Center." On the following day, they visited Otsuma Ranzan Junior & Senior High School, where they learned about the school's efforts in the area of environmental education and also had an opportunity to interact with Grade 3 junior high school students by joining them in their classroom assembly.

In the second week, the trainees attended the "Japan Education Forum VII," which was held in Tokyo, and partook in the debate on global trends towards wider education opportunities in developing countries, with one of the focuses placed on "Education for All" They took a trip to Hiroshima Prefecture in the second half of the Seminar, where they had a tour of the Atomic Bomb Dome and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, followed by a visit to a Hiroshima-based NPO to exchange ideas on peace education practices (the February 5 issue of the Chugoku Shimbun had a report on the discussion held then).

The participants each presented an "action plan" designed to promote girl's and women's education in their respective countries on February 9 and then left Japan to go back home on February 11. We express our heartfelt gratitude to all the lecturers who guided the trainees in the course of the Seminar, as well as all the people in the organizations that kindly cooperated with us in accepting the participants.

1.Participants present their country reports 1.Participants present their country reports

2.NWEC President Kanda gives a lecture2.NWEC President Kanda gives a lecture

3.A tour in the 3.A tour in the "Women's Archive Center"

4.Trying their hand at calligraphy for the first time4.Trying their hand at calligraphy for the first time

5.Visit to Otsuma Ranzan Junior & Senior High School5.Visit to Otsuma Ranzan Junior & Senior High School

6.Workshop on gender equality indicators in education6.Workshop on gender equality indicators in education

7.Visit to Waseda University7.Visit to Waseda University

8.Participants attending the 8.Participants attending the "Japan Education Forum VII"

9.Visit to the Atomic Bomb Dome9.Visit to the Atomic Bomb Dome

10.Workshop on peace education10.Workshop on peace education

11.Workshop on action plan development11.Workshop on action plan development

12.Presenting an action plan12.Presenting an action plan

13.Closing ceremony13.Closing ceremony

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