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.

2017 Lecture Schedule

May 9Mr. Hiroo Saionji
President of the Goi Peace Foundation
Introduction: “Creating Peace”
May 17Ms. Rumiko Seya
President of Japan Center for Conflict Prevention
How to Tackle Conflicts and Terrorism: The Work of Peace Building
June 6 H.E. Dr. Frank C. T. Hsieh
Representative, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan / Former Premier of the Republic of China (Taiwan)
Taiwan-Japan Relations in a Changing World
June 13H.E. Mr. Yerlan Baudarbek-Kozhatayev
Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan
25-year History of Independent Kazakhstan: Prospects of Development of Kazakhstan-Japan Cooperative Relations
June 27Ms. Sayoko Terada
Chairperson, Kokkyo naki Kodomotachi (Children without Borders) Japan
The Children I Met
July 11Mr. Masaharu Kono
Government Representative of Japan
Peace, Diplomacy and the Olympic Games
July 18Mr. Yasushi Akashi
Former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nationsn
Global Issues and the Role of the United Nations
July 25H.E. Mr. Gabriel Duque
Ambassador of the Republic of Colombia
Colombia Today: Society, Economy and Culture
Oct 17H.E. Mr. Ritter Nobel Diaz Gomez
Ambassador of the Republic of Panama
Outlook about Panama
Oct 24H.E. Ms. Venetia Sebudandi
Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda
Gender Equality in Politics and Economy in Rwanda
Oct 31Mr. Motohide Yoshikawa
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations
The Role of Japan in the International Society
Nov 11H.E. Mr. Stephen Payton
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of New Zealand
The New Zealand-Japan relations
Nov 28H.E. Dr. Hans Carl Freiherr von Werthern
Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany
International Understanding and Peace
Dec 5H.E. Ms. Chea Kimtha
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Cambodia
Present Situation of Khmer Women in Cambodian society
Dec 19Ms. Natsuki Yasuda
Photo journalist
The Work to Communicate with Photos—From the Fields of Disasters and Conflicts

Contact information for Gunma Prefectural Women’s University