Main Theme of PELSTE 2023 

“Can We Universalize the Localized Peace Education?”




The Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University joined the International Network of Educational Institutes (INEI) in 2019. Education Vision Research Institute (EVRI) launched a new program, Peace Education and Lesson Study for Teacher Educator (PELSTE), in January 2020 so as to deepen collaboration with researchers of INEI member universities. This program focuses on Hiroshima University’s strengths of “peace education,” “lesson study,” and “teacher educator education.” We selected 5 participants (from the UK, Canada, USA, Brazil, and Singapore) among the applicants from member universities and conducted an intensive 10-day-course as PELSTE 2020.

PELSTE2021 as the second one was held online in March 2021 because we could not invite participants due to COVID-19. We have created a framework that allows remote participation all over the world, this time from Canada, the United States, Brazil, South Korea, and Singapore, by enriching on-demand online content and holding multiple online meetings. In addition, as the outcomes of the course, we held an online seminar to propose the future of “peace education” and “lesson study” from an international perspective, and gained a large audience from both inside and outside Japan.

PELSTE 2022 as the third one was held in March 2022, focusing on the theme of “lesson study for teacher educators” and continuing to use the online framework. Please see here for the detail.


Join PELSTE2023!

PELSTE, which started in 2020, will be held for the fourth time in February 2023.

PELSTE started as a program to invite teacher educators from overseas and provide them with intensive learning opportunities, focusing on “lesson study” and “peace education” as the two educational research areas that Hiroshima University should lead internationally. However, it had to be held online last two years due to COVID-19. Although the eradication of the pandemic is still uncertain, we have decided to hold PELSTE in person again in Hiroshima, as it is now possible to travel across borders.

PELSTE2023 will focus on the theme of “Peace Education for Teacher Educators.” Taking advantage of the skills and knowledge that we obtained through PELSTE2021 and PELSTE2022, we will conduct online sessions in advance, and offer face-to-face sessions in Hiroshima. Its result will be disseminated through an online seminar to the audience around the world.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began in February 2022. As of February 2023, when PELSTE 2023 is scheduled to be held, one year will have passed since the attack. I hope the war will be over, while peace education has important roles to play both during and after the war. I hope again that the results of PELSTE 2023 will help the people to overcome the misery and misfortune that has been brought about and contribute to the happiness of the people.


Yasushi Maruyama
Director of Educational Vision Research Institute, Hiroshima University



As you know, the pandemic situation is gradually calming down, and restrictions and conditions for international travel are gradually being eased.

Since PELSTE2022 focused on lesson study, PELSTE2023 will focus on peace education, with the theme “Can we universalize the localized peace education?”

We will discuss how peace-oriented educational activities implemented in various local contexts have potential to build peace in society.

Museum tours, fieldwork at war sites, dialogues with A-bomb survivors and peace educators, and class observations are scheduled during program.



The following members from INEI member universities will participate in PELSTE2023.

  • Lina Rangel Díaz
    The University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA)
    Graduate Student (Ph.D.)
  • Timothy Mark Bush
    The University of Melbourne (Australia)


PELSTE 2023 will be implemented according to the following schedule.

Monday, February 20, 2023

Click here to access the special page for “Hiroshima Peace Educators Archive”

Orientation and Courtesy Call to the Dean of the HU School of Education


Keynote Report: “World Peace Educators and Hiroshima’s Peace Educators”


Guided Tour and Welcome Party in Higashi-Hiroshima City



Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Interview A-bomb survivors


Observation of Peace Education Practices and Discussion with Teachers in Hiroshima Municipal Motomachi Senior High School



Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Observation of Online Community Learning Practice in Higashi-Hiroshima City, and Research Meeting



Thursday, February 23, 2023

Dialogue and Discussion with Hiroshima’s Peace Educators


Fieldwork Organized by Mr. Taga(one of the Hiroshima’s Peace Educators) to Visit A-bomb Dome and Hiroshima Castle



Friday, February 24, 2023

Report on Peace Education Practice: “Pedagogy of War and Peace” (Japan-Korea Museum Study)


Free Time, Presentation Preparation, Farewell Party


Online Symposium: “Presentation of the Results of PELSTE 2023 and Unveiling of the Hiroshima’s Peace Educators Archive” <10:00 pm – 12:00 am JST (GMT +9:00)>

Program Information


“Can We Universalize the Localized Peace Education?”

This symposium will discuss the universality of localized peace education. Peace Education in Hiroshima has been developed as anti-war, or more specifically anti-nuclear weapon education. We learn, indeed, the cruelty of the atomic bomb from Peace Education in Hiroshima. It is, however, less applicable as peace education. We will discuss how peace-oriented educational activities implemented in various local contexts have the potential to build peace in society.

■ Date and time
February 24, 2023 (Fri.); 22-24 (Japan); 21-23 (Singapore); 13-15 (London); 10-12 (Sao Paulo); 7-9 (Madison)
*Please register by 6:00 pm JST on February 23, 2022(Thu.)

Online symposium (via Zoom)

Opening (Norio Matsumi, Dean, School of Education, Hiroshima University, Japan)
Introduction (Yasushi Maruyama, Director, EVRI, Hiroshima University, Japan)
                   (Kazuhiro Kusahara, Hiroshima University, Japan)
Presentation 1 (Lina Rangel Díaz, University of Wisconsin, Madison, America)
Presentation 2 (Timothy Mark Bush, The University of Melbourne, Australia)
Comment 1 (Dr. Diana Rodríguez-Gómez, University of Wisconsin, Madison, America)
Comment 2 (Dr. Kevin Kester, Department of Education, Seoul National University, Korea)
Q & A with the audience
Closing (Yasushi Maruyama, Director, EVRI, Hiroshima University, Japan)

INEI Committee of Hiroshima University
Educational Vision Research Institute (EVRI), Hiroshima University

Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Hiroshima University
令和4年度広島大学教育学部共同研究プロジェクト「INEI加盟大学と連携した 授業研究・平和教育セミナーの開催(1)」(研究代表者:草原和博)

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Results of Previous PELSTE Program

The activities and achievements of the previous PELSTE program can be viewed below.



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