On Monday, 3rd December 2012, ACCU will start accepting applications from Japanese teachers for the 2013 Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).
Detailed program description and the application form for Japanese teachers can be downloaded in the website from 3rd December.
With the completion of the third year of Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in July 2012, teachers in both countries are taking steps forward.
From 22 April to 4 May 2012, 24 Japanese teachers visited US. Through their two-week stay which included school-visits, lectures and discussions with US teachers, they learned ESD in US to earn hints for their own ESD plans. In the first Joint Conference in San Francisco, they shared information and views on ESD practices. Some teachers have already found partners for joint ESD projects.
From 20 June to 2 July 2012, 23 US teachers visited Japan. At the plenary meeting in Tokyo, they were introduced to recent school education in Japan and visited 2 schools in Tokyo area. Then, they were divided into 2 groups and each visited Nara in Nara-Pref., and Hiroshima-Pref., some of the most active areas in ESD in Japan. Through visits to primary and secondary schools, universities, ESD related institutions and cultural sites in the host cities, they successfully shared experiences and expertise with their counterparts. Exchanges with Japanese people through home stay also helped them further understand Japan and its culture.
After the one-week group visits, they assembled again in Tokyo for the Joint Conference where they met again with the 24 Japanese teachers who had visited US in spring. 4 Japanese teachers who had visited US in last year’s program also attended the conference, sharing experiences and ideas. All the participants discussed possibilities of Japan-US cooperation in ESD, as well as future action plans to take back home. Besides the 4 alumni resource specialists, additional 5 alumni volunteered to assist participants, which greatly helped participants to achieve fruitful results in the program.