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Position Paper

Taking a holistic view of the education sector-ranging from pre-primary, primary and secondary, technical and vocational education and training, to higher education and non-formal education-JICA assists the partner countries in achieving quality learning continuity to meet each individual's learning needs

1. Improving Children's Learning

JICA provides assistance to ensure that children acquire not only basic skills but also the ability to learn and think independently and enhance their motivation for continuous learning, while respecting the perspectives of partner countries and their societies. Paying attention to the consistency and coherence between curriculum, textbooks, teaching and learning materials, lessons, and assessment, JICA provides comprehensive solutions to improve children's learning.

Furthermore, JICA conducts education-sector diagnosis for each partner country and delivers integrated assistance that involves developing education policies and systems, improving the learning environment and school-based management (SBM), and training teaching personnel in an optimal mix.

2. Developing Human Resources to Enhance Innovation and Industry

Higher education institutions are expected to train people who can come up with innovations in order to address a range of issues that are increasingly sophisticated and complex amid globalization and the transition to a knowledge-based society.

To support this, JICA assists in establishing-and building the capacities of-universities that play a pivotal role in partner countries, strengthening networks among universities, and building institutions for assuring the quality of education. A primary focus is placed on engineering education, in which Japan has vast experience.

In order to train industry-ready personnel as well as engineers and technicians who can flexibly and skillfully meet the needs of the private sector, JICA also takes advantage of Japan's experiences in education (including those surrounding technical colleges) toward assisting developing countries in promoting industry-academia collaboration, increasing access to technical education and vocational training (TEVT), and improving the quality of TEVT. In addition, JICA supports human resources development that contributes to enhanced functions of public administration, a stronger foundation for socioeconomic development, and a harmonious relationship between Japan and partner countries

3. Building Inclusive, Peaceful Societies Through Education

Toward the realization of the SDGs' aim of realizing a world in which no one will be left behind, JICA steps up its efforts to reach socially and culturally vulnerable and disadvantaged populations and incorporates a gender and disability-sensitive and pro-poor approach into all its programs and projects in the education sector.

Specific focus is placed on bolstering girls' education as well as on addressing inclusion from both tangible and intangible aspects in the context of disabilities and education. JICA assists disaster and conflict-affected countries in providing a safe learning environment as well as helping public administrators develop their capacity through its scholarship programs to become a driving force behind post-disaster recovery and the development process.

In areas where out-of-school children and illiterate people face challenges, JICA will broaden its partnership with other sectors in order to provide non-formal education support in literacy and life skills.




The Movie "School for All" opens the way to the future (2016)

The movie "Supporting Educational Opportunities for All -JICA and Basic Education- (Revised in 2011)"

Previous Position Paper (September 2010)


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