Twenty-four U. S. teachers participating in Japan-U. S. Teacher Exchange Program arrived in Tokyo yesterday evening, June 19 2013. For the next 2 weeks, they will stay in Tokyo and one local city in Japan and learn ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) in Japan through school visits, exchanges with students and teachers.
After a brief introduction to Japanese educational system and ESD, they will be divided into 2 groups, each visiting Ohda City, Shimane Pref. or Minamata City, Kumamoto Pref. respectively. They will visit schools, NPOs and institutions implementing ESD focusing on environmental education, or world heritage education, and learn about ESD good practices, exchange ideas, etc. Exchanges with Japanese counterparts during school visits and home stays will further deepen their understanding on Japanese culture and education.
At the 3-day joint conference to take place at the end of their visit, they will meet again with twenty-four Japanese teachers who visited either Phoenix, Arizona, or Salt Lake City, Utah in late April. Altogether forty-eight Japanese and U. S. teachers are expected to plan sustainable Japan-U. S. joint projects on ESD at the conference.