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.
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.
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.
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”
On the first day of PELSTE, the 20th, we first held an orientation for participants, where participants and staff who will be working together for a week had lunch and got to know each other better. After that, the participants paid courtesy calls to Dean Norio Matsumi, Dean of the HU school of Education, and Shinichi Kobayashi, Dean of the HU Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, respectively. With Dean Matsumi, they exchanged opinions on the countries of origin of Ms. Díaz and Mr. Bush and the content of their research. With Dean Kobayashi, they discussed the characteristics of peace education in Hiroshima and educational systems around the world.
In the pre-project debriefing session, Dr. Maruyama suggested that each of us talk about what perspectives we take on things and what we compare based on the peace education archives we have viewed.
In particular, under the theme of PELSTE 2023, “Can we universalize the localized peace education?”, Ms. Díaz and Mr. Bush shared their concerns about the issue.
With their different backgrounds, they discussed topics such as the history of each country, peace education, citizenship education, and the generation gap, and exchanged views on what they could present at the final debriefing.
After the debriefing, the participants were guided around the spacious campus of Hiroshima University by car.
We then moved to a dinner venue for a welcome party. Mr. Bush liked Japanese beer! We all had a very productive time getting to know each other.
Tuesday, February 21, 2023
On the 21st, they first visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Through viewing the exhibits and monuments, the two participants faced the tragedy of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. In the afternoon, they listened to Ms. Teruko Yahata’s testimony about her own experience of the atomic bombing. Following her testimony, the participants asked her why she decided to become a witness, what she wanted to convey to children through her testimony, and what education can do to help realize peace.
The venue was then moved to Hiroshima University Elementary School and Hiroshima University Junior & Senior High School. Here, we discussed the practices of both schools regarding their peace education practices. Mr. Shigeo Mase, principal of the elementary school, explained that the school has been designing a peace education curriculum utilizing social studies and integrated learning time in response to issues that emerged during PELSTE 2020. After hearing the school’s report, the participants exchanged opinions on how to make the localized peace education more universal and how it should be enhanced.
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
On the 21st, participants observed the “Local Study to Encourage Wide Area Communication” which EVRI is implementing in cooperation with Higashi-Hiroshima City. Participants were able to experience firsthand the Japanese school culture and see firsthand the advanced distance learning practices. The theme of this month’s study was “How to make Higashi-Hiroshima City a comfortable place to live for foreign residents? The participants also learned about the policies in their own countries. Participants also supported the children’s exploratory activities and policy proposals by presenting the policies of their own countries to them.
In the afternoon, we invited Dr. Toshifumi Murakami (Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University of Education) to give a lecture titled “History and Features Peace Education in Japan”. He spoke about the characteristics of peace education in Japan (anti-war education and A-bomb education) based on data obtained from social surveys. The participants deepened their discussion on how to remember and pass on the horrific memories of the atomic bombing, while also reviewing yesterday’s exhibition at the Peace Memorial Museum.
Thursday, February 23, 2023
The 23rd began with a dialogue between the 10 teachers and participants in the Hiroshima Peace Educators Archive. What should be taught and communicated in peace education? How can we guarantee children’s independence and psychological safety in peace education? Through the sharing of their perspectives on peace education, the participants discovered overlapping issues and concerns in their own countries and in Hiroshima. Professor Kusahara, the creator of the archive, expressed his struggle with the violence of “cutting out” peace education in Hiroshima, but also his sense of the significance of leaving the archive to the next generation.
In the afternoon, the group conducted fieldwork under the guidance of one of the archive’s narrators, Mr. Shunsuke Taga. The group visited the Fukuromachi Elementary School Peace Museum, Hiroshima Castle, the Radiation Effects Research Foundation, the Army Cemetery, and the Army Clothing Depot, where the participants listened to Mr. Taga’s explanations. Also participating in the tour were narrators Mr. Fumiaki Kajiya and Mr. Hiroaki Makioka. The tour was further enriched by the supplementary comments and dialogue from both professors. Professor Taga, who specialized in geography, was particular about visiting Hiroshima and seeing it with his own eyes. The participants felt the importance of this as they toured the various sites.
Friday, February 24, 2023
In the blink of an eye, PELSTE 2023 has reached its final day. In the morning, a debriefing session for the “Pedagogy of War and Peace II” course offered by the Faculty of Education was held. The students reported on the results of their critical examination of films and museums related to Japan-Korea historical issues. Specifically, a proposal for the redesign of the Last 10 Feet of the Korean History Museum was presented. Both ideas were a true representation of how collective memories clash and how the same history manifests itself as different narratives across nations. Furthermore, through discussions with PELSTE participants, it was confirmed that not only historical perceptions but also notions of apology, responsibility, and justice also differ among nations.
In the evening of the last day, a farewell party was held, where Ms. Díaz, Mr. Bush, and the professors gave their reflections one by one, and a movie was shown during the party to review the week. A movie was shown during the party, and okonomiyaki, a specialty of Hiroshima, was also served. The party was a time to say goodbye, reminisce about the week, and discuss future prospects.
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)>
EVRI-HU PELSTE 2023:
“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
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The activities and achievements of the previous PELSTE program can be viewed below.
PELSTE 2020 details page (click on the banner below).
This poster summarizes the results of PELSTE 2020 (written in Japanese).
Click here for the program report page
PELSTE 2021 details page (click on the banner below).
This poster summarizes the results of PELSTE 2021 (written in Japanese).
Please feel free to ask any questions you may have about the PELSTE program!
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