About this project
Q. What are you planning to do?
This project is supported by the International Grant Program of the Toyota Foundation.
We aim to create a framework for international collaboration to ensure access to basic education in Asia based on the cooperation between Korea and Japan, mutually exchanging knowledge and experience concerning policies, learning materials, capacity building and training of staff and considering how to create a transregional organization to link research results with policies.
We are planning to implement the following four projects from November 2017 to November 2019.
- ①MANABIAI (Learning Exchange Program): Hold International symposia and exchange meetings alternately in Japan and Korea.
- ②Share excellent learning/teaching materials as well as viewpoints and methods for developing materials by translation.
- ③Create booklets describing the current situation and issues of basic education in Japan and Korea and publish them in Japanese and Korean.
- ④Create a video “Record of Change” (with Japanese and Korean captions) and distribute it on the internet.
Q. Why is it essential for Japan and Korea to collaborate on this joint project?
So far, basic education security problem in Asia has only been acknowledged as an issue of developing countries. However, in countries like Japan and Korea that have achieved economic development and established a widespread school education system, this issue has emerged as an issue peculiar to developed countries due to economics and migration. It is difficult to find prospects for solving these issues, which have occurred under globalization, with limited information available in either of these countries alone.
Q. What makes it different from the previous exchanges?
Up until now, exchanges between people related to basic education in Japan and Korea have been mainly carried out in individual areas and on an individual basis.
For the continuance and spread of activities, it is necessary to establish an organizational network for joint research and exploration. In this project, Japan and Korea aim to achieve systematic exchanges with Japanese Society for the Study of Basic Education and Literacies (JASBEL) acting as the Japanese coordinator and Korean Literacy and Basic Education Association as the Korean coordinator.
It is also expected that other Asian countries making an economic breakthrough will also participate in this network.