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.
National Institue for Educational Policy Research (NIER)
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
Japan Society for the Promotion of Education and Research
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.
Note: Simultaneous English-Japanese interpretation will be provided.