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Japan Education Forum for Sustainable Development Goals (15th JEF for SDGs)


Japan Education Forum for Sustainable Development Goals (15th JEF for SDGs)

Quality of education carried over to SDGs as one of the critical agendas from EFA, and education can be considered to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality and effective learning outcome” in SDGs. In other words, the goal is to broaden opportunities by linking learning outcomes — obtaining knowledge and skills, including non-cognitive ones — to employability.


Education in Japan has also changed with the trends of the times. For example, in 1983, an education guideline was changed to aim at “fostering student ability to learn by themselves,” and it was the beginning of the “Yutori Education” era in which the amount of content taught in schools was reduced. Because of the worsening results of the OECD student Programme for International Student Assessment (2003), the learning content was increased again in 2008.


Then, recently, the themes of valuing cultural diversity, inquiry-based/problem-solving “self-motivated, interactive, and deep learning” have garnered attention rather than simply acquiring “knowledge,” and the curriculum guideline was revised.


In developing countries, quality of education has been on the agenda for a long time, and education policy is often affected by the prevailing regime and donors of the time. For example, school enrollment in many developing countries has been improved thanks to previous initiatives; however, only 70 % of children in low income countries would have completed primary education by 2030. (In one country in Sub-Saharan Africa, gross enrollment rate for preschool reaches 100%, but the net enrollment rate for primary education is only 80 %.) Learning outcomes have more issues, including traditional curriculum and large class sizes, luck of national standard licensed teachers, and physical infrastructure such as unmaintained school buildings.


Therefore, this year’s JEF for SDGs will highlight the realities and challenges of education policies in Japan and developing countries by exploring quality of education for which SDGs are aiming. We look forward to welcoming active participation from the floor.



Theme: “Quality of Education for SDGs: Realities and Challenges of Education Policy”


Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018


Venue: Assembly Hall, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

(2-2 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan) : Map


Organized by:

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)

Hiroshima University

University of Tsukuba


Supported by: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

*Languages: English-Japanese simultaneous interpretations



9:30- Registration
10:00-10:20 Opening Session:

Opening Address: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan

*video (Japanese only)

Opening Address: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan

*video  (Japanese only)

Special Address: Fabrizio Hochschild, Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination, United Nations *video

10:20-10:50 Keynote Speach:  *video

“Quality of Education for SDGs: Realities and Challenges of Education Policy in Cambodia”

H.E. Dr. Hang Chuon Naron

Minister of Education, Youth and Sport (Cambodia)

10:50-11:20 Keynote Speech: *video  (Japanese only)

“Challenges and Possibilities of Active Learning (Self-Motivated, Interactive, and Deep Learning)”

Noboru Abe

Professor, Graduate School of Education, Akita University (Japan)

11:20-12:00 Questions and Answers with Keynote Speakers
12:00-13:30 Lunch Break
13:30-14:45 Panel Session



Kwame Akyeampong

Professor, Center for International Education, University of Sussex, UK

Maitree Inprasitha

Dean of the Faculty of Education, the Khon Kaen University, Thailand

Shion Inoue

Teacher, NADA Junior and Senior High School

Rasheda K Choudhury

Vice President, Global Campaign for Education, Bangladesh

Nobuhiro Kunieda

Senior Advisor (Basic Education), Human Development Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)



14:45-15:15 Break
15:15-16:15 Open Floor Discussions, Questions and Answers
16:15-17:00 Wrap-up Session
17:00 Closing