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


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

Education 2030 is adopted in 2015 after Jomtien Declaration and the Dakar Framework for Action. An international framework plays a significant role in sharing the same recognition internationally and achieving the challenges; however, it is sometimes claimed that an international framework and domestic priorities are different. Therefore, it is necessary to grasp the specific local needs to support by also taking into account an international framework.


First, keynote speakers will provide an interpretation of Education 2030 and how to develop education cooperation framework. In the following sessions, speakers and participants will discuss; 1) challenges in achieving SDG4 and implementing Education 2030 action framework and 2) how diverse policy-making and implementing actors (organizations) can cooperate. This forum shall provide an opportunity to reflect on previous issues and deepen the discussion. Moreover, the forum will also discuss how Japan can contribute in this field.



Japan Education Forum (JEF) has been held thirteen times since it started in 2004 and provided an opportunity for open and honest exchanges of opinions and ideas by officials in the public sector, practitioners of international development and NGOs, and scholars. Through discussions, new issues and challenges overlapping with domestic ones were identified. While the amount of ODA is decreasing, agendas have become diversified. We need to go beyond international development aid and mobilize new actors and construct new modalities to achieve SDGs including Education 2030.



Theme: “Education 2030: Possible Ways of its Interpretations–For Action”


Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017


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
Opening Address: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan
10:20-10:50 Keynote Speach:

“The Meaning of Education 2030 and Possible Responses by Japan”

Kazuhiro Yoshida

Director, Center for the Study of International Cooperation in Education(CICE), Hiroshima University, Japan

10:50-11:20 Keynote Speech:

“Egypt Education 2030: Challenges, Opportunities and International Cooperation”

Hany Helal

Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt

Former Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research

11:20-12:00 Questions and Answers with Keynote Speakers
12:00-13:30 Lunch Break
13:30-15:15 Breakout Session 1

“Challenges in Achieving SDGs4 and Implementing Education 2030 Action Framework”



Kazuhiro Yoshida (Breakout Session 1 moderator)

Director, Center for the Study of International Cooperation in Education(CICE), Hiroshima University, Japan

Lamichhane Kamal

Associate Professor, Center for Research on International Cooperation in Educational Development, University of Tsukuba

Yoshiyuki Miura

Principal, Kokutaiji Junior High School, Hiroshima-City

Ethel Agnes Pascua-Valenzuela

Deputy Director for Programme and Development, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Secretariat (SEAMEO Secretariat)



13:30-15:15 Breakout Session 2

“Cooperation among Diverse Actors”



Shinichi Ishihara (Breakout Session 2 moderator)

Deputy Director General, Human Development Department, JICA

Amanda Gardiner

Director of Partnerships, Pearson

Katsuyuki Inoue

Executive Officer, Corporate Strategy Planning and Development Division, Kumon Institute of Education.,ltd

Takafumi Miyake

Secretary General, Japan NGO Network for Education (JNNE)



15:15-15:45 Break
15:45-16:00 Open Floor Discussions, Questions and Answers
16:00-17:00 Concluding Discussions by Keynote Speakers and Panelists with Moderator
17:00 Closing




Registration: Please fill out the form by February 16th,2017.



If you cannot access the site, please send your name, affiliation, year in school, email address, program(s) you will take part in, and need of translation headsets to the secretariat via fax or email.


For further information please contact:

Japan Education Forum Secretariat
c/o Center for the Study of International Cooperation in Education (CICE) Hiroshima University
1-5-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima 739-8529 JAPAN




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