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December 11, 2023

GIIS Tokyo Student Represents Japan at the 5th Global Forum on Education and Skills 2030

In a momentous achievement for GIIS Tokyo, Sota Mori, one of its students, recently represented both the school and Japan at the prestigious 5th Global Forum on the Future of Education and Skills 2030. Held in Romania from December 6th to 8th, 2023, the forum served as a vital platform to navigate the complexities of the VUCA world. During this global gathering, critical issues were explored, ranging from generative AI and post-COVID recovery to responses to natural or human-made disasters, offering a comprehensive perspective on the challenges confronting education.

This significant accomplishment reflects GIIS Tokyo's commitment to providing a dynamic and global learning environment. The school's active participation in the OECD's Future of Education and Skills 2030 initiative, where it collaborates with stakeholders worldwide to shape innovative learning and teaching frameworks, further underscores its dedication.

The journey leading to Sota Mori's representation involved meticulous planning and engagement. Workshops and catch-up sessions with educators and researchers worldwide created an environment of global co-creation. Notably, the "Being Alive" workshop in Sapporo, Hokkaido, focusing on inclusion and diversity, highlighted GIIS Tokyo's dedication to fostering a positive and inclusive learning environment.

Throughout the years 2022 and 2023, GIIS Tokyo has been actively engaged in various stages of the OECD project, demonstrating its dedication to preparing students for the challenges of an ever-evolving world. Key milestones include online meetings with the OECD, the presentation of GIIS Tokyo's Principal to the Japan OECD Education, and student participation in online workshops focusing on orientation and follow-up activities. This sustained involvement highlights the school's proactive stance in shaping the future of education on a global scale.

During the initial day of the 5th Global Forum on the Future of Education and Skills 2030, held in Romania, school visits to prominent institutions and discussions on ethical issues in AI and the transformative impact of AI on examination formats took center stage. This global exposure sparked insightful conversations, especially during Sota Mori's visit to the National University of Science and Technology.

The subsequent day featured keynote addresses by Andreas Schleicher, OECD Director for Education and Skills, and Nobel Laureate Saul Perlmutter, emphasizing interdisciplinary learning. Sota Mori actively contributed to discussions on teaching and assessing critical thinking and 21st-century skills, emphasizing the significance of internal marks and project-based learning.

A pivotal session focused on navigating the VUCA world, featuring a scene-setting panel with experts from various fields. Breakout sessions provided an opportunity to delve deeper into the challenges and opportunities presented by the VUCA world. Sota Mori actively participated in discussions on AI responsibility, teacher skills, and supporting students in overcoming adversities.

Reflecting on the experience, Sota Mori emphasized the importance of education emphasizing the process, particularly through project-based learning. Recognizing that we are already in a VUCA world, the emphasis was on the need for active learning and adaptability for both students and teachers. This perspective aligns with GIIS Tokyo's commitment to continuous learning and teaching, even in the face of conflicts and challenging situations.

Sota Mori's representation at the OECD Global Forum stands as a testament to GIIS Tokyo's dedication to shaping the future of education on a global scale. The insights and contributions from this experience, including Sota Mori's active role, reflect the school's commitment to providing a well-rounded education, preparing students to excel in an ever-changing world. GIIS Tokyo takes pride in its role as a participant in the OECD's forward-thinking initiative, with Sota Mori's representation marking a significant milestone in the school's journey of nurturing future leaders.


GIIS Tokyo Communications

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