JENESYS East Asia Future Leaders Programme Education Group, March 2012

Photo of JENESYS East Asia Future Leaders Programme participants

The Japan Foundation has conducted the "East Asia Future Leaders Programme" under the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) Programme from 2007 to 2012.

It is a short-term exchange scheme which specifically targets young intellectuals and practitioners of particular activities aged up to 35 years in East Asia. Each program focuses on a specific theme and emphasizes a series of discussions on thematic issues common to the region, and interaction with Japanese experts and citizens with specific backgrounds.

Promising youths from the relevant fields with the related expertise expected to become the leaders of the next generation visit Tokyo and other localities, sharing every moment of study tour program together and nurturing a bond among the members. The program aims at developing mutual understanding and building networks among the 16 participating countries including Japan, a host country.

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Education Group: Fostering ‘Resilience’ to Overcome Hardships

25 youths from the 15 countries were invited to Japan and 27 including 2 of Japan participated in the program. Those who actively involved in issues surrounding formal and non-formal education and supporting victims of disasters and conflicts in the fields of NGOs, academia and educations, public administrations, arts, and media spent 12 days together and fostered solidarity.
The young leaders of each country visited Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture, as an example of community strength with emphasis on ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) and exchanged their views with the counterparts in Japan.

Program Period

February 25 to March 7, 2012

List of Participants

Country Name Institution
Brunei BIN LAMIT, Haji Mohamad Sofian Ministry of Education
Brunei BIN HAJI HUSSIN, Abdul Nafri Brunei Polytech
Cambodia MEY, Yoeun Ministry of Social Affairs
Cambodia KE, Chhumpanha Build Bright University
Indonesia VIEMILAWATI, I.G.A Ayu Jackie Pulih Foundation
Indonesia SENTOSA, Imran Sokola Foundation
Laos APHAY, Phouvong ASEAN-SEAMEO Division, Ministry of Education and Sport
Laos SAYAVONG, Souksanh National University of Laos
Malaysia BINTI ZAKARIA, Ezrin Ashikin Ministry of Education
Malaysia BIN ALI, Shafarudin Ministry of Education
Myanmar TUM, Yin Nwe Department of Educational Planning and Training
Myanmar ZAN, Kyaw Naing Department of Educational Planning and Training
Philippines LAYLO, Annaliza Villalobos Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process
Philippines MUECA, Josephine Dela Guardia Kaibigan Ermita Outreach Foundation, Inc.
Singapore LIM, June Min Ching Centre for TransCultural Studies
Singapore LOW, Kenny Han Yi Changkat Changi Secondary School
Thailand SREESUNPAGIT, Kritaya Spirit in Education Movement (SEM)
Thailand AUTTAMAPOKIN, Aruchita Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)
Vietnam NGUYEN MINH, Hieu Action Center for the City
Vietnam HO THI MINH, Nguyet Plan International
India ALI, Syed Zulfiqar National Rural Health Mission- Government of Rajasthan
Australia De DECKKER, Kimberley Department of Education, NSW
New Zealand JONES, Marcia Ann Mairehau Primary School
China WU, Junjie Beijing Jingshan School
Korea KIM, Minkyoung The Hankyoreh
Japan MURAKAMI, Hiroshi Tokiwa Elementary School
Japan SAITO, Miki Graduate School of the University of Sacred Heart


Date Program
Feb.25 (Sat) Arrival at Tokyo from Respective Home Countries
Feb.26 (Sun) Program Orientation
Keynote Lecture: Dr. Yoshiyuki Nagata, University of Secret Heart, Tokyo
Participant’s Presentation
Informal Welcome Dinner
Feb.27 (Mon) Lecture: Dr. Tetsuji Ito, Ibaraki University
Briefing on Field Visit to Kesennuma
Courtesy Visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Participant’s Presentations
Feb28 (Tue) Ashinaga Rainbow House Visit
Concert Performance: Dr. Norihiko Kuwayama, Stage Earth
Feb.29 (Wed) Individual Site Visit
Leave Tokyo for Kesennuma
Mar.1 (Thu) Ohya Elementary School Visit
Ohya Junior High School Visit
Mar.2 (Fri) Karakuwa Junior High School Visit
Lecture: Mr. Sugawara, Otokoyama Honten Sake Brewery (Slow Food Kesennuma)
Lecture: Dr. Hiroshi Asanuma, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University
Mar.3 (Sat) Observation: Affected Area of the disaster
Lecture :Mr. Shirahata, Kesennuma City Board of Education
Lecture: Mr. Oikawa, Kesennuma City Board of Education
Group Discussion
Briefing of Kesennuma Play Park: Mr. Hideaki Amano, Japan Adventure Playground Association
Kesennuma Wrap-up, mid-term presentation
Mar.4 (Sun) Lecture: Mr. Saito, Studio Wind
Dyeing-Art Workshop
Leave Kesennuma for Hiraizumi
Culture Experience: Hiraizumi Visit、Japanese Style-Inn
Mar.5 (Mon) Leave Hiraizumi for Tokyo
Group Discussion
Mar.6 (Tue) Group Discussion
Final Participant’s Presentation
Final Wrap-up
Farewell Receptio
Mar.7 (Wed) Departure from Tokyo to Respective Home Countries


『Fostering "Resilience" to Overcome Hardships』

The report book includes the overview of the study tour, keynote lecture of the program advisor Dr. Yoshiyuki Nagata, and post-program reports of the participants.

  • Published by: The Japan Foundation
  • Date: June 2012
  • ISBN: 978-4-87540-151-3
  • A4 format, English (Partially Japanese), Not for Sale
JENESYS Programme
  • *This is a part of JENESYS (Japan - East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths) Programme.
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