School Lectures by Diplomats

Learning to respect different ethnicities, faiths, traditions and customs is an essential part of creating unity in diversity. Collaborating with over 100 foreign embassies in Japan, the Goi Peace Foundation coordinates lectures by diplomats in schools and universities as a program for Global Citizenship Education.

Global Learning Program for School Children

In elementary and secondary schools, lectures by diplomats offer students a global learning experience. Through direct interaction with a nation’s representative, children broaden their perspective to appreciate different cultures, traditions and customs, and at the same time, deepen their understanding of their own country from a comparative viewpoint.

“Cultural Diversity in a Globalized World”
Lecture Series by Ambassadors at the Gumna Prefectural Women’s University

Respecting and understanding other cultures is an essential precondition for any constructive dialogue between peoples. Since 2005, the Foundation has been co-sponsoring a course at the Faculty of International Communication at Gunma Prefectural Women’s University, inviting ambassadors of different countries as guest lecturers to address topics such as effective communication in diplomacy and approaches to peace-building in the globalized world.

In addition to the ambassadors, NGO representatives and experts in peace-building are also invited as lecturers.

While this course is a part of the formal curriculum, the general public is also welcome to attend the lectures free of charge. Each class is 90 minutes including time for Q&A.

2019 Lecture Schedule

Date Lecturer Theme
May 14 Mr. Hiroo Saionji
President of the Goi Peace Foundation
Introduction: “Dawn of the Era of REIWA and Creating Peace”
May 21 H.E. Mr. Manlio Cadelo
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of San Marino
The Republic of San Marino and Japan
June 4 Ms. Sayoko Terada
Chairperson, Kokkyo naki Kodomotachi (Children without Borders) Japan
June 11 H.E. Mr. Ayman Aly Kamel
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary ofthe Arab Republic of Egypt
June 18 H.E. Mr. Jacek Izydorczyk
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland
July 2 H.E. Mr. Gurbanmammet Elyasov
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkmenistan
July 30 H.E. Prof. Dammika Ganganath Disanayake
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
November 19 H.E. Ms. Mireille Rakotomalala
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Republic of Madagascar
TBD H.E. Mr. Harold W. Forsyth
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Peru

Contact information for Gunma Prefectural Women’s University