GreetingWe are glad to invite you to PELSTE 2021

It is a great honor to host PELSTE 2021 online as the pandemic continues.

PELSTE was established with the aim of bringing researchers together to contemplate the objectives of peace education and lesson study in Hiroshima, a symbolic place in Japan.

Hiroshima is a treasure trove of materials for surveying peace and lesson study. PELSTE 2020 provided us with a deeper understanding of these materials by visiting, observing, interviewing, and discussing with participants. At PELSTE 2021, we would like to provide a variety of indirect experience media to replace these activities.

Hiroshima is a crossroad for inquiring about peace and lesson study. Through online dialogues, we hope that young scholars around the world will exchange their ideas of “peace” in the arena of education and share their methodology of studying as well as researching “lesson” from their cultural contexts and academic visions.

Hiroshima is an incubation initiative toward innovative peace education and lesson study.  We expect PELSTE 2021 to encourage many researchers to visit Hiroshima in the future, strengthen ties with the faculty of Hiroshima University, and lead to further exchange of ideas for joint research projects.

We sincerely welcome you to PELSTE 2021. We look forward to meeting you online.

Prof. Dr. Kazuhiro Kusahara


IntroductionWhat’s PELSTE?

In February 2019, the Faculty of Education (currently: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) at Hiroshima University was nominated as a member of the International Network of Educational Institute (INEI). (see News from Hiroshima University and INEI Homepage)

In January 2020, the Educational Vision Research Institute (EVRI) Hiroshima University celebrated the accession by holding “PELSTE 2020” a series of programs on Peach Education, Lesson Study, and Teacher Educator (see PELSTE 2020 (only in JP)). PELSTE 2020 aimed to develop a strong research collaboration among INEI member Institutes.

To ensure that Hiroshima University becomes widely recognized as an international research center for Peace Education and Lesson Study, PELSTE 2021 will serve as a platform where researchers from all over the world can overview the frontline of these two research fields and create a new network. PELSTE 2021 will fulfill its mission by foreseeing further research collaboration. The series of PELSTE programs is expected to serve as a preparation for the INEI annual conference to be held in Hiroshima in 2024.

1. PELSTE 2021 ProgramPeace Education and Lesson Study

PELSTE 2021 offers participants and audiences the opportunity to learn and discuss the frontline of Peace Education and Lesson Study. For registration, please click banners to see the detail and click the link for registration.


PELSTE Peace Education Section Information
PELSTE Lesson Study Section Information


2. General InformationHow to attend PELSTE 2021?

PELSTE 2021 offers participants and audiences the opportunity to learn and discuss the frontline Peace Education and Lesson Study. Online symposia for Peace Education and Lesson Study will be held on March 20 and 21. For facilitating participants’ inquiries, PELSTE will provide several learning materials before the symposia.

There are two ways to participate in PELSTE 2021: Participants or Audience. The former category follows three steps of registration (January), study (February), presentation at the symposium (March), the latter category follows registration (February), free study (February), and participation in symposia (March).


Audiences are to attend online symposia that the participants (Category A) will present. There will be no selection process for attendees; however, they need to apply through a website form in the following link. Learning materials are available to the attendees for free.


Application: The website form will open from February 20 to March 10, 2021. The link for the application form will be attached the following link (Open at Feb 24).

Peace Education Section: CLICK to HOMEPAGE  CLICK to Register (Google form)

Lesson Study Section: CLICK to HOMEPAGE CLICK to Register (Google form)

Attendance: Audiences will gain access to the online symposia and learning materials. Audiences are free to attend both online symposia and be involved in the discussions.


Participants will be involved in full participation, i.e., they will have to study the materials online in February and organize online symposia with other participants. The symposia comprise two sessions: Peace Education and Lesson Study. Thus, participants can choose either of those programs.

Schedule & Obligations

      1. Registration: December 15, 2020 – January 20, 2021
        See below: Eligibility & Application
        An invitation letter will be sent to the delegates on February 10
      2. Preparatory Study Weeks: February 20 to March 15: Links for the study materials will be attached.
        Participants study learning materials with key Questions. Detail will be announced in February.
      3. Submit Report: March 15
        The report theme will be announced on February 20
      4. Present your idea at the symposia based on the report: March 20 and 21
        Coordinators of EVRI, Hiroshima University will request your commitment to developing discussions.

Eligibility for Participants: PELSTE 2021 is open to the following students and faculty of INEI member institutes:

      1. graduate students currently enrolled in masters or doctoral programs; or
      2. faculty who show interest in peace education, Lesson Study, and teacher education; and
      3. those who have demonstrated fluent English communication skills and a strong desire for collaboration to conduct research on peace education and Lesson Study with Hiroshima University faculty.

Application: Every INEI member institution can recommend one applicant each for the Peace Education Section and Lesson Study Section (a maximum of two applicants for each section) to the EVRI secretary.
Please send a recommendation package to the EVRI administrative assistant at, with the title “EVRI-HU PELSTE 2021 Recommendation + Your institution name.” If you have any concerns or questions regarding PELSTE 2021, please feel free to send an e-mail to Dr. Kusahara and Dr. Miyamoto via
The recommendation package must contain 1. applicant’s CV & contact information; 2. a short recommendation letter from the Dean or the Associate/Vice Dean of Research and/or International; 3. registration for either Peace Education or Lesson Study. Application for both sections in one package is allowed.

Timeline for Applicant Recommendation: No late application will be accepted.

      1. December 1, 2020: Announcement of EVRI-HU PELSTE 2021;
      2. December 15, 2020: Registration for ‘Participant’ begins
      3. By January 20, 2021: Deadline for recommendations;
      4. By February 10, 2021: Announcement for admission.

Certificate: Certificates will be issued to the participants. This certificate will also be the invitation letter to the next PELSTE program that welcomes participants to Hiroshima for further study and collaborative work.


2. Welcome MessageGreetings from PELSTE 2020 Members

Participants from PELSTE 2020 sent us video welcome messages for PELSTE 2021. PELSTE 2020 members provided us with a tremendous amount of fruitful ideas for Peace Education, Lesson Study, and Teacher Educator Development. Please watch the videos to know more about PELSTE.




  Without a doubt, PELSTE 2020 has been one of the most enriching learning experiences of my life. With great care and attention to detail, the team led by Professor Kusahara created plenty of hands-on opportunities for collaborative learning. Thanks to the skillful combination of lectures, workshops, and visits, we learned about different educational approaches to peace education and the Japanese unique professional development model, lesson-study. The team expanded these activities with many opportunities to engage in open dialogue with public officials, school administrators, teachers, and students. Rich discussions with colleagues from Hiroshima University and those who, like me, traveled from Brazil, Canada, Singapore, and the UK enriched every single moment of the full experience. For anyone interested in learning with others about education in Japan, PELSTE is the place to be!




As a doctoral student with a passion for education for peace, PELSTE 2020 provided me with an invaluable learning experience. School and museum visits to see how peace has been integrated into Hiroshima education and society gave me opportunities to have thought-provoking discussions with Japanese teachers, lecturers, educators, students and the locals. This helped me achieve better understanding of the unique meanings and characteristics of peace education in Hiroshima. This programme also gave me the opportunity to learn alongside like-minded people, including Hiroshima team and other participants around the world. The harmonious relationships forged throughout the programme were priceless and paved the way for potential collaboration among us. The extraordinary kindness of the Hiroshima team in taking care of all participants impressed me and are never far from my mind. For master and doctoral students who are interested in peace education and also in teacher education, PELESTE is highly recommended to broaden your study experience.



【PELSTE 2020 Participants】

Prof.Dr. Agnaldo Arroio:Faculty of Education of the University of São Paulo(Brazil)
Dr. Diana Rodríguez-Gómez (Ed.D.) University of Wisconsin,Madison(America)
Dr. Isabella Wong Yuen-Fun (Ph.D.):The National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University(Singapore)
Ms. Rija Saleem:Ontario Institute for Studies in Education,University of Toronto(Canada)
Mr. Chawin Pongpajon:UCL Institute of Education(England)

Report of PELSTE 2020
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