Message from the Director
Director Kazuhiro YOSHIDA
(Co-Chai,SDG-Education2030 Steering Committee)
The Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by UN in September, 2015. The fourth of SDGs is dedicated to education that states: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” by 2030. Under this goal 10 targets are set forth. They are identical to those in the Incheon Declaration and Education 2030 Framework for Action, both of which were also adopted in 2015. “SDG4=Education 2030 agenda” envisages expanded roles of education in achieving the entire SDGs. It builds on Education for All, and focuses on inclusiveness and learning outcomes, and spells out importance of education and its connection with the real world. Target 4.7 emphasizes knowledge and skills acquired shall promote sustainable development through Education for Sustainable Development, a culture of peace among others, thus directing the pathway of education and of sustainable development itself. I invite you to refer to the original text once again.
Now, how should we respond to these hefty challenges posed by the new education agenda? Learning outcomes are not only the acquisition of knowledge and skills but also respecting the diversity of values and transforming our actions. These are challenges imposed on each of us who constitutes members of the global community. To accomplish them we must collaborate hand in hand in tackling urgent issues that cannot wait any longer.
Center for the Study of International Cooperation in Education (CICE) was established in 1997, and we have entered into the third decade. We have taken initiatives for innovative activities as a strategic focal center, domestically and internationally, that researches on effective and efficient implementation of international cooperation in education of developing countries. All the achievements of our small center would not have been made possible without your support and cooperation, to which I sincerely express deepest appreciation. We are committed to fulfilling our mission, by maximizing valuable assets of the human and organizational networks, and by further extending them with wider partners toward achieving inclusive and equitable learning for all.