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AJC invites ASEAN Schools to participate in a Marine Plastic Education Symposium to be held on 2 February 2022

ASEAN-Hiroshima Eco-School for Marine Plastic Waste(Pilot Programme)

ASEAN-Japan Centre (AJC) wishes to provide students from ASEAN countries and Hiroshima with a collaborative opportunity, in which they can share their basic knowledge and experiences regarding marine plastic waste, discuss and exchange their opinions for forward-looking solutions to solve the problem, and jointly deepen mutual understanding for the importance of tackling the marine plastic problem in a regional context as the ocean is connected.

AJC invites elementary schools and senior high schools in ASEAN Member States to join the symposium, which is going to be organized by AJC on February 2, 2022 as below. Kindly register from the link indicated below by February 2, 2022.

It is recommended that the students take the following Part 1 teaching session via online class or via e-Learning (*link to be prepared) before the symposium is held.

Symposium and Programme Details

Registration PeriodDecember 1, 2021 – February 1, 2022
Symposium Date and Time13:30 – 15:30 (JST), February 2, 2022
Targeted Participants– Elementary schools in ASEAN member states(approximately 5th and 6th Grades aged between 9 and 12)
– Senior High School in ASEAN member states (approximately Grades aged between 14 and 17)  

*Schools can apply either as a unit of multiple grades (multiple classes) or one class via a responsible teacher or a school administrator.
*Clubs or extra-curricular activity groups consisting of multi-year grades can also apply via the instructors of such clubs or groups. It is recommended that the students take the following Part 1 teaching session via online class or via e-Learning (*link to be prepared) before the symposium is held.
Symposium Programme (Provisional)Session 1: Presentations and Comments from Students
Session 2: Comments from Teachers and Administrators
Session 3: Comments from the Future Leaders who conducted Part 1. Teaching Sessions for Students
Session 4: Inspiring Messages from the Prominent Present Leaders in the Marine Plastic Waste Area
Session 5: Q&A, Discussion and Synthesis   
Part 1 Teaching Session OverviewPart I – Basic Introductory Teaching Session Each 10 ASEAN Country Session to be provided by ASEAN Graduate School Students enrolled at Japanese Universities (*List of the Graduate Students available below)  

The teaching materials will:
-cover basic knowledge about the plastic waste problem;
-cover knowledge about marine plastic waste in Japan and ASEAN;
-incorporate global perspectives, including the efforts of international organizations;
– explain practical efforts being made in the framework of industry-government-academia collaboration.

A lecture method that explains the general situation. An explanation method based on scientific evidence.

One time / approximately 60 minutes (subject to consultation)

English (ASEAN native languages may be available, subject to consultation)

<E-Learning Links>
To be uploaded when it is ready.

*For inquiries about the Symposium and the teaching session, or if it is difficult to register through the web-registration below, please contact us by email at info_rpa@asean.or.jp
OrganizerASEAN-Japan Centre
Co-organizer and SupporterASEAN Secretariat (tbc), Hiroshima ASEAN Association (co-organizer), Hiroshima Prefectural Board of Education (supporter), Hiroshima City Board of Education (supporter)
Registration FormFor Elementary Schools https://jp.surveymonkey.com/r/3DFQHTD
For High School https://jp.surveymonkey.com/r/3Y755ZX
Contact informationASEAN-Japan Centre  
Research and Policy Analysis Cluster
Email: info_rpa@asean.or.jp
TEL: 03-5402-8004

List of Future Leaders (Instructors for the Teaching Session)

Brunei DarussalamTBDTBDTBD
Cambodia  ROS, BandosGraduate School, Hiroshima University(PhD)Economics
Indonesia  NURLATIFAHGraduate School, Kumamoto University(PhD)Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
IndonesiaSANTOSO, ShelvyNiX Co., Ltd. (Graduated from the Graduate School of Toyama Prefectural University)Environment and Civil Engineering  
Lao PDRCHANTHAVONG, SouphaphoneGraduate School, University of TokyoSocio-Cultural Environmental Studies
MalaysiaYasmin FauziaGraduate School, Nara Institute of Science and TechnologyApplied Stress / Microbiology
MyanmarTUN Thant ZinGraduate School, Kumamoto University(PhD)Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
PhilippinesCORALES, Helen ValerieGraduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Sciences, Kyushu University(PhD)Agriculture  
ThailandLAMOONKIT, JompholGraduate School, Tokyo Institute of Technology  Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering (Graduated)
Vietnam  TRAN, TienGraduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto UniversityEnvironmental Management
JapanHaruna MASUDAGraduate School of Global Environmental Studies at Kyoto University(Graduated)Environmental Management
JapanMachiko FUJIKAWAGraduate School of Creative Science and Engineering, Waseda UniversityDepartment of resources and environmental engineering

Background Information

About Our Future Leaders’ Declaration Programme in Fiscal Year 2020

Last fiscal year, at the request of the Japanese and ASEAN governments, the ASEAN-Japan Centre (“Centre”), as an international organization, launched a programme that specializes in the subject-matter of the marine plastic waste problem.  This subject-matter has been treated as a societal and diplomatic priority such as at the G20 Meeting and the Japan-ASEAN Summit, and based on this background, the Centre developed the “Future Leaders’ Declaration on ASEAN-Japan Cooperation for International Marine Plastic Waste” for the purpose of empowering the ” future leaders” of Japan and ASEAN who are undergraduate and graduate students at Japanese universities and researching in the field of marine plastic waste. (For details, please see https://www.asean.or.jp/en/centre-wide/mpw/ )

About the “ASEAN-Hiroshima Eco-School for Marine Plastic Waste Education (Pilot Programme) in Fiscal Year 2021

This fiscal year, the sequel programme to the previous fiscal year has been implemented. In this pilot programme, the “Future Leaders” who developed the above Declaration have taken action on their own to actually implement their perspectives on the following educational and awareness-raising activities and have worked towards problem-solving by servicing as lecturers of the online classes for elementary and senior high school students.

  • Future Leaders aim to promote awareness-raising for children to embrace the importance of “continuity” in taking actions and making “saving the environment” a norm.
  • Future Leaders aim to enhance the educational curriculum focused on environmental preservation.
  • Future Leaders aim to bring about sustainable changes in the behavior of children relating to the marine plastic waste problem, so that the children become aware of their use of plastics on a daily basis and that waste separation and recycling become a part of their “habit”.