Cooperation with JICA

Cooperation with JICA

Event Report

Flash Report on "Promoting Women's Education Seminar II"

Date:January 25 to February 9, 2011

The "Promoting Women's Education Seminar II in Program Year 2010 " was held from Monday, January 24 to Wednesday, February 9, 2011. The National Women's Education Center, Japan, commissioned by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), has been hosting a series of seminars since 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 male-female divides in primary education. A total of 10 trainees were welcomed this year: two from Malawi, and one each from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Gambier, Laos, Marshall, Mali, Nicaragua, and Zimbabwe.

The trainees heard lectures on the gender mainstream in JICA, gender-equal policy and Japanese education system, which are provided by Gender Equality Bureau of Cabinet Office and Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. NWEC staff provided lectures on the historical development of promotion of girls’ education in Japan, dissemination of women’s information and international comparison of education that is based on statistics.

In the second week, the trainees took a trip to Hiroshima Prefecture and visited to a Hiroshima-based NPO for participating in peace education practices, followed by a tour of the Atomic Bomb Dome and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. At Hiroshima WE Plaza in Hiroshima-city, they learned about the role of WE Plaza as hub of women’s life-long learning, and exchanged their opinions on leadership of women and social participation. The seminar group also attended the “Japanese Education Forum VIII” which was held in Tokyo and extended their knowledge about current trend of community school in Africa and Asia. The trainees visited to Saitama City Yonominami High School, where they learned about the gender-equal homemaking class and English class, which is instructed by native assistant English teacher. They participated in homeroom of second grade and gained better understandings of the teachers and the students.

The trainees each presented an "action plan" designed to promote girls/women’s education in their respective countries on February 9 and then left Japan to go back home on February 11.

1. Participants present their country reports1. Participants present their country reports

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

3. Lecture at Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology3. Lecture at Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

4. Visit to Waseda University4. Visit to Waseda University

5. A tour in the 5. A tour in the "Hiroshima WE Plaza"

6. Workshop on leadership of women6. Workshop on leadership of women

7. Visit to the Atomic Bomb Dome7. Visit to the Atomic Bomb Dome

8. Workshop on peace education8. Workshop on peace education

9. Trainees attending the 9. Trainees attending the "Japan Education Forum VII"

10. Visit to Saitama City Yonominami High School10. Visit to Saitama City Yonominami High School

11. Presenting an action plan11. Presenting an action plan

12. Closing ceremony12. Closing ceremony

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