International Symposium on Education Reform 2005 Sustainable Development and Education for the 21st Century



This year saw the start of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, which was proposed by the Japanese government at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg Summit) and adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2002. Given the worldwide interest in this subject, there are expectations of even greater efforts being made than before, particularly in the field of education.

The National Institue for Educational Policy Research (NIER) has decided to hold an international symposium as part of the activities for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. Our purpose is to bring together members of the public, people involved in the schools, government administrators, and researchers, to consider with us such questions as what the role of education is in creating a sustainable society, what theory could bring realization of such a society, what kinds of specific educational practices are conceivable for that purpose, and so on.

We have invited Dr. Ervin Laszlo to speak at the international symposium. Dr. Laszlo, an eminent contemporary philosopher and futurist, is the originator of systems thinking in philosophy, and founder and President of the Club of Budapest. He will give the keynote speech.

Experts who are active in the forefront of education for sustainable development have also been invited to attend from Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States to speak in specific terms about the theory and practice of education for sustainable development. They will take part as well in panel discussions of issues and possibilities for Japan.

Organized by

National Institue for Educational Policy Research (NIER)
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)

Sponsored by

Japan Society for the Promotion of Education and Research

Supported by

Japanese Society of Environmental Education, Japan Association for International Education, Japan Society for Science Education, Japan Science Teaching Society, Development Education Association & Resource Center, Japan Society of Earth Science Education, Japan Society for Educational Technology, Japan Holistic Education Society, National Federation of Educational Research Institutes


March 26 (Saturday), 2005
1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Doors open at 12:30 p.m.)


Hitotsubashi Memorial Hall, The National Center of Sciences Building 2-1-2 Hitotsubashi,
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8430


No parking is available at The National Center of Sciences Building.

Speakers & Panelists (titles omitted)

Keynote Speaker
Ervin Laszlo
Philosopher, futurist, founder and president of the Club of Budapest
Victor Mayer
Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University, United States
Douglas Bourn
Director, Development Education Association, United Kingdom
Peter Glasby
Senior Science Teacher, The Mt. Barker Waldorf School (Received science teaching award)
Masayuki Inoue
Director-General for International Affairs, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology(MEXT)
Masakazu Goto
Senior Researcher of National Institue for Educational Policy Research (NIER)

Note: Simultaneous English-Japanese interpretation will be provided.

Application for Participation

Application:Pre-registration is required for participation in the symposium.
Registration Fee: Free
Deadline: March 18, 2005 (Friday)

Stopped accepting registration.


Secretariat, International Symposium on Education Reform
International Conference Division, Bilingual Group, Ltd.
3-3-6-3F Kudan Minami, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0074
Tel: 03-3263-3850
Fax: 03-3263-0381