The book brings together experts in Japan’s international cooperation in education, who provide insights for the future of educational development in the era of the sustainable development goals and global governance.
In addition to a comprehensive understanding of the features of Japan’s educational cooperation, the book provides details on topics such as shifts in aid policy, cooperation efforts within each education subsector (basic education, TVET and higher education), Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) and international yen loans, among others.
Chapters 4-6 feature Japan’s work in basic education, discussing school construction projects from 1990-2000, Japan’s contributions to science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) education, including teacher training and material development, and successful school management programs in Africa.
Chapter 11 examines Japan’s partnerships with international organizations and initiatives such as GPE, including policies and shifts in relationships over time. Short videos introducing the chapters are available here.
Leveraging Japan’s knowledge and experience to advance education around the world
244 million children are unable to attend school worldwide, and the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this situation in low-income countries. Beyond access, quality learning must be secured for all children, but we are far from reaching this goal.
SDG 17 aims to strengthen “multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.”
Japan has leveraged knowledge gained through its own educational development experience and its 70 years of educational cooperation to contribute to such partnerships and will continue to do so through the promotion of global governance in education.