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Research Projects

2023 Research Projects

Representative organizationProject nameSummary
University of TsukubaStudy on internationalization and quality assurance of extracurricular activities (Tokkatsu) aimed at fostering non-cognitive skills
~ Verification of the benefits of Tokkatsu in Egypt, a frontrunner in Japanese-style education ~【Egypt】
This project will examine the status of localization of extracurricular activities (Tokkatsu) introduced and conducted in elementary schools in Egypt and clarify the effect on non-cognitive skills (the ability to learn the necessary skills throughout life), said to be an element that supports individual and social well-being. In addition, in collaboration with Egyptian educators, we will develop a global standard Japanese-style education model based on international universality and ethics, through the creation of a diploma program aimed at quality assurance. As well as generating a synergistic effect with ongoing ODA projects in Egypt, with the cooperation of the Cairo Japanese School, the project will contribute to reinforcing a multi-layered network of human resources. In addition, through collaboration with the Japanese Association for the Study of Extracurricular Activities , we aim to share the survey results with Japanese educational institutions and leverage them to the internationalization of education in Japan, as well as to generate knowledge that will contribute to the future improvement of education in countries known as the Global South.
Kikutake Gakuen Nagoya Sangyo UniversityFostering and assessing environmental literacy to meet climate change
~ Expansion of Japanese-style environmental education across East Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia ~【Nepal, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Vietnam】
This project aims to expand environmental literacy from East Asia (Japan and Taiwan) and Southeast Asia (Indonesia and Vietnam) where it is currently undertaken laterally to South Asia (Nepal). Specifically, a fact-finding survey will be conducted of the actual situation and need for environmental education in schools and the environmental awareness of elementary and junior high school children in major cities in Nepal (Pokhara and Kathmandu). The project will also support experiential and exploratory environmental learning based on local CO₂ concentration assessments, and foster and assess environmental literacy to meet climate change as knowledge and skills to be acquired throughout life. It will contribute to educating children to face global environmental issues by comparing the results of the survey in Nepal with the results obtained in Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia and Vietnam and sharing what was learnt among the schools.

2022 Research Projects

Representative organizationProject nameSummary
University of FukuiImproving the Quality of Learning through Fukui-style Education:
Collaborative Development Project between Japan and the African Region【All of Africa with Malawi as the core, while focusing also on Ethiopia, Egypt, South Africa, and Uganda】
This project aims to contribute to the quality of education in the African region by developing schools for the 21st-century education and building professional learning communities and networks to support teachers’ learning. For this purpose, University of Fukui will collaborate with Nalikule College of Education in Malawi to conduct lesson studies in conjunction with the online program. Moreover, this project aims to expand the scale of the roundtable that has been operated in Malawi in the African region and Fukui-Africa to establish a sustainable implementation framework. Furthermore, through these initiatives, this project also aims to improve the quality of students’ learning.
Kumon Institute of Education Co., Ltd.Improving Non-cognitive Skills of Industrial Workers through Habitual Mathematics Learning and Measuring its Effectiveness【Republic of South Africa】In today’s knowledge-based society, where people are expected to update their knowledge even after completing school, this project is to examine whether young people who are working can improve their discipline, self-esteem, and ability to devise solutions to problems (non-cognitive abilities) as well as their mathematics and logical thinking (cognitive abilities) by acquiring the habit of learning mathematics. This project will examine the meaning of these abilities and the process of their formation.
For this purpose, we will combine Nagoya University’s expertise in skill evaluation accumulated in Africa with teaching materials and instructional methods tailored to individual abilities.

2021 Research Projects

Representative organizationProject nameSummary
NPO ColorbathPilot study on improving school health environments using ICT【Malawi】The aim of this project is to clarify the actual status of school health environments in Malawi by utilizing ICT, and to create a general-purpose demonstration model by carrying out activities to solve challenges for this environment.
The project will summarize the facility environment in the school health and ICT fields in Malawi, and the facts behind efforts, as well as the awareness of teachers, in each field. Based on this study, pilot activities will be carried out to improve school health environments by utilizing knowledge on Japanese-style education in relation to health staff and school organization management. In doing so, the aim will be to use ICT for reciprocal learning via exchanges between schools in Japan and Malawi, and for this to become a model case for international exchange in the with/post-COVID-19 era.
PADECO Co., Ltd.Development of an educational model for solving public health and SDGs issues through online “Tokkatsu” (special activities)【Egypt, Malaysia, Indonesia】The aim of this project is to verify the effectiveness of online Japanese-style “Tokkatsu” (special activities) in promoting public health education and learning to solve the SDGs issues in other countries.
Japanese-style class discussions will be held in multiple countries to discuss themes such as SDGs-related problems in terms of health and hygiene, etc., with the aim of creating healthy lifestyle habits, such as handwashing, and changing behavior, both at school and at home. “Tokkatsu” will be modeled according to local contexts through the online reciprocal observation of class discussions. Simultaneously, guide methods will be established for global special activities that go beyond the spatiotemporal constraints and potentially pave the way to Society 5.0.
Shinshu UniversityVerification research on the challenges and possibilities for development of Japanese-style school health that contributes to the SDGs【Laos, Cambodia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Niger, Ghana and Kenya】The aim of this project is to demonstratively examine the possibilities and challenges of the contributions of Japanese-style school health to the realization of the SDGs and COVID-19 measures.
The purpose of this study is to examine the issues and potential for the development of Japanese-style school health by carrying out an interview study on Japanese school health support in developing countries and the status of ESD dissemination. Furthermore, the project will develop teaching materials related to the SDGs and COVID-19 measures, conduct teacher training, and conduct health checkup activities using children’s health clubs, etc. at teacher training schools in Japan and Laos, and clarify the results and other issues.
Kagawa UniversityDevelopment project for hygiene education and school health room system in Cambodia by Kagawa University【Cambodia】In February 2020, Kagawa University provided the Cambodian government with technical assistance concerning a school health room system model, that includes a teacher in charge of the school health room and room management, a hygiene education model that includes originally designed toilets and hand washing facilities, and a school health textbook approved by the Cambodian Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. This project will promote the establishment of these models, and lead to the upgrading of school health check data management systems, and the building of administrative and education systems for the training of school health education researchers.
University of the RyukyusStudy on Healthy and Safe Schools for the Post-COVID-19 Era in the Asia-Pacific Islands【Philippines, Indonesia, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau, Fiji, Tonga, and Guam (United States of America)】The aim of this project is to provide recommendations for the development of healthy and safe schools in the countries of the Asia-Pacific Island region after the end of COVID-19 pandemic.
In this project, the impact of COVID-19 on the health, education and economy sectors, and findings on countermeasures in Okinawa, Guam, Philippines, and Indonesia will be summarized. Discussions based on this summary will be held with experts from the Pacific Island countries, and recommendations will be made for the development of healthy societies and schools during the post-COVID-19 era in island regions. In particular, close attentions will be paid to the implementation of comprehensive school health approach including health management and education, and cooperation with external organizations and communities which are characteristics of school health in Japan. Furthermore, analysis will be performed on the use of information and communication technology (ICT) during school closures and their side‐effects.