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.

“Global Citizenship: Lecture Series by Ambassadors”
at the Gunma 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. After 3-year suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we resumed the program last year.

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

2024 Lecture Schedule

Date Lecturer Theme
May 28 Mr. Hiroo Saionji
President of the Goi Peace Foundation
Introduction: “Thinking of peace towards a sustainable society”
June 4 H.E. Mr. Teimuraz Lezhava
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia
June 25 H.E. Mr. Adel Ali Ahmed Alsunaini
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Yemen
July 9 H.E. Mrs. Marieta Petrova ARABADJIEVA de Descalzi
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria
October 15 H.E. Mr. Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Iceland
October 29 H.E. Mr. Baraka Haran Luvanda
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Republic of Tanzania in Japan

Contact information for Gunma Prefectural Women’s University