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.

2018 Lecture Schedule

Date Lecturer Theme
May 8 Mr. Hiroo Saionji
President of the Goi Peace Foundation
Introduction: Toward Building a Peaceful and Sustainable Society
May 29 Ms. Rumiko Seya
President of Japan Center for Conflict Prevention
“Peace Building” Work to Tackle Global Issues
June 19 H.E. Mr. Jaime Barberis
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Ecuador
Cultural Diversity in Ecuador
June 26 H.E. Dr. Asad Majeed Khan
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Pakistan’s Challenge towards Peace, Stability and Prosperity
July 3 H.E. Mr. Ahmed Araïta Ali
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Republic of Djibouti
Cultural Diversity of Djibouti in a Globalized World
July 10 H.E. Dr. Hasan Murat Mercan
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Turkey
Hopes and Challenges of Turkey towards Peace Building in a Globalized Age
July 17 Ms. Sayoko Terada
Chairperson, Kokkyo naki Kodomotachi (Children without Borders) Japan
The Children Whom I Encountered
July 24 H.E. Ms. Sophia-Namupa Nangombe
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Namibia
About Namibia
October 9 H.E. Mr. Mikhail Galuzin
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation
Russia and Japan in Today’s World
October 16 Mr. Yoshihiko Kamo
Former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United Arab Emirates
What I Observed from the UAE’s Perspective
October 30 Ms. Natsuki Yasuda
Photo journalist
Work to Convey through Photos:
From Disaster and Conflict Scenes
November 6 H.E. Mr. Hubert Heiss
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Austria
Humanitarian Approaches to Nuclear Disarmament
November 13 H.E. Mr. Leon Malazogu
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kosovo
Kosovo’s Challenges to Nation Building in Europe in the 21st Century
November 27 Mr. Yasushi Akashi
Former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
Japan in the North-East Asia
December 11 Mr. Masaharu Kono
Government Representative of Japan
Ideals of the Olympics and Reality in Today’s World

Contact information for Gunma Prefectural Women’s University