On invitation of Chubu University through Dr. Hidetoshi Miyakawa, JICA Training Support Office, the Director General of the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) Dr. Mohammad Naim Yaakub presented "The Initiatives in Education for Sustainable Development: TVET perspective" during a side event of the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) on November 11, 2014 at Nagoya, Japan.
The side event titled: Sustainable Human Resource Development for "Monozukuri", held at Room 131 of the Nagoya Congress Center organized by Chubu University, focused on initiatives in ESD from the perspective of various levels of education and industry. About 100 participants from several countries attended the event.
The CPSC DG, in his presentation, emphasized that greening technical and vocational education and training (TVET) has a crucial role to play in the development of new generation of individuals who could face the challenges for sustainable development-linking economic growth, social development and environmental protection. He reported some initiatives towards the adoption of clean and green technology particularly that of Malaysia and Korea. The Green CPSC Program was likewise tackled, which has five dimensions – green campus, green technology, green community, green research and green culture.
The DG concluded that as far as ESD is concerned, the huge challenge lies with policy integration and intergenerational equity. Linkages and partnerships between organizations, industry leaders, governments and local leaders are necessary and for the results to be spread out to all sectors.
Apart from Dr. Naim, the event was addressed by prominent personalities and champions of ESD i.e. Yasuhiro Nakashima from the Japan Society of Technology Education, Izumo-city Daini Junior High School (Topic: Monozukuri Talent Development in Elementary and Secondary Education in Japan); Ichiro Inasaki, Director of International ESD Center, Chubu University (Topic: Sustainable Fostering of "Monozukuri" Talents from Viewpoint of Higher Education; Satoshi Kuroiwa, Chairman of ESD21/Toyota Corporate Alumni (Topic: Developing Talents for Monozukuri from the viewpoint of Toyota Alumnus); and Dr. Michael A. De Miranda, Professor of Colorado State University (Topic: How Interdisciplinary Engineering and Technology Design and Making Projects Impact Students and Classrooms for Sustainable STEM Education).
The conference aimed to launch the Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development, which is the official follow up to the UN Decade of ESD (2005 – 2014). On Nov. 12, 2014, Dr. Naim visited Chubu University in particular Dr. Miyakawa's office. The two officials discussed the possibility of a student from Chubu University undergoing a 10-day immersion program in CPSC sometime in year 2015.