Early childhood and schools

OECD-Tohoku School

 

OECD Tohoku School Address

  • Remarks by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, Iwaki City, 7 April 2014

 

Brochure  - OECD Tohoku School 2012 March 2014 August - Overcoming the Earthquake Disaster, Toward Creation of New Education (Education Recovery Project commissioned by MEXT)

Background

On 11 March 2011, an earthquake of a magnitude of 9 hit the northeast part, the Tohoku Region, of Japan. It was the strongest ever recorded in Japan and triggered the country’s worst disaster of the post-war era. The earthquake was followed by massive tsunamis and the nuclear power disaster. There was an enormous loss of life and many people were affected by this tragedy.

 

The Secretary General of the OECD, Mr. Angel Gurría, visited Japan about one month after the Great East Japan Earthquake, and he expressed the OECD’s commitment to support Japan's recovery/reconstruction efforts. Since then, the Directorate for Education has continuously provided support in various ways, including launching the OECD/Tohoku School towards "creative recovery" in close collaboration with the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Fukushima University and other key local stakeholders from the affected regions.

 

The OECD places a high value on student motivation, curiosity and creativity. The Tohoku School takes a project-based learning approach, which is found to be a great motivator.

The mission of the project assigned to the students in the Tohoku School is:

  • To organise an international event in Paris in 2014 to appeal to the world the attractiveness and creative recovery of their region and of their country.

 

The students carrying out this assigned project are given real-life tasks to perform to accomplish their mission, and in doing so, they will accumulate aspirations and learn such skills as initiative taking, leadership, critical thinking, co-operation and negotiation. We call these the key competencies for the 21st century .

 

Video messages from the launch of the
OECD-Tohoku School on 26 March 2012

 

 

 

Mr. Motohide Yoshikawa, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative, Permanent Delegation of Japan to the OECD

 

Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary General, OECD

 

Dr. Barbara Ischinger, Director for Education, OECD 

 

Mr. Christian Masset, Ambassador of France to Japan 

 

Japanese students from the Japanese School in Paris, France

 

The snapshot of the activities of the First Workshop of the OECD Tohoku School (in Japanese)

Footnote: Edited by Mr Taisei Nagi and filmed by Mr Yamada (TV-man Union)

 

 

 

 

Press

 

OECD launches creative education project to help revitalise Japan's Tohoku region

 

26/03/2012 - The OECD has launched an initiative with the Japanese Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Fukushima University and local schools for students in the Tohoku region to create and organise an event that will showcase the country’s recovery from the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake

Launch event: Intensive Workshop #1, 26-30 March 2012, Iwaki, Japan

 

Launch event: Intensive Workshop #2, 31 July-4 August 2012, Iwaki, Japan

 

 

Upcoming events

  • Intensive Workshop #3, March 2013, Japan
  • Intensive Workshop #4, August 2013, Japan
  • Intensive Workshop #5, March 2014, Japan
  • Event to promote Tohoku/Japan, September 2014 (tentative), Paris, France

Background and context

Advisory Board members

Empowerment partners

  • List of Empowerment Partners of the OECD-Tohoku School

Collaborating organisations

Related links

Contact

  • Ms. Miho Taguma (Senior Policy Analyst)
    Early Childhood and Schools Division
    2 rue André-Pascal, 75775 Paris Cedex 16, France
    Tel. (33 1) 45 24 92 65
    Fax (33 1) 44 30 62 20
    E-mail: miho.taguma@oecd.org

 

  • Ms. Kelly Makowiecki (Assistant)
    Early Childhood and Schools Division
    2 rue André-Pascal, 75775 Paris Cedex 16, France
    Tel. (33 1) 45 24 80 71
    Fax (33 1) 44 30 62 20
    E-mail: kelly.makowiecki@oecd.org

 

 

 

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