From 18 to 26 January 2015, ‘Invitation Programme for Teachers from the Republic of Korea’ was implemented, under the framework of 2014-2015 International Educational Exchange Programme.
The delegation was 98 members, composed of teachers and government officials. After taking lectures on elementary and secondary education in Japan and ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) and visiting schools around Tokyo, they were divided into 3 groups and visited 3 designated municipalities to make further visits to elementary and secondary schools, cultural institutions, and local families.
The programme is entrusted by the United Nations University (UNU) with the cooperation of the Korean National Commission for UNESCO, Ministry of Education (MoE) of the Republic of Korea and Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan.
The programme aimed 1) to introduce Japanese elementary and secondary educational system to Korean teachers including good practices on Education for International Understanding (EIU) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), 2) to improve the quality of education in both countries through bilateral exchange of teachers, and 3) to promote mutual understanding and friendship between the two countries.
As of January 2015, this invitation programme was held 15 times, and 1,766 Korean teachers were invited to Japan.