The 3rd International Symposium on Strengthening Peace through Education – Friday and Saturday, March 22-23, 2019 in Hiroshima, Japan »

Welcome to ISPED 2019

Welcome to the 3rd International Symposium on Strengthening Peace through Education (ISPED 2019), which will be held Friday and Saturday, March 22-23, 2019 at the Mitsui Garden Hotel, Hiroshima, Japan. This international symposium is being held in partnership with the 6th Asian Symposium on Education, Equity and Social Justice (EQUIS 2019) and the 3rd Asian Symposium on Sustainable Tourism for Development (AST4D 2019).

ISPED 2019 will be held in late March, when the cherry blossoms will be in full bloom. It is also an excellent season for travel in Hiroshima with comfortable weather and ideal for visiting sites around Hiroshima, including its two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Peace Park and the Shrine Island of Miyajima (Itsukushima).

This is a small, international, peer-reviewed symposium with a limited number of oral and poster presentation time slots. We encourage all interested participants to submit presentations as early as possible. Please note that submissions and registration will close when the event has reached its capacity.

About ISPED 2019

In today’s world, strengthening peace through education is more important than ever. The impetus for ISPED was based on UNICEF’s Learning for Peace initiative, which is a global peace building program; however, it’s primary focus is on impoverished and war-torn nations.

The objective of ISPED though is to provide an intimate platform for discussing both the challenging problems in teaching as well as innovative techniques and solutions across a diverse range social and economic levels in both rich and poor countries as well as peaceful and war-torn nations. We believe that examining teaching challenges require a holistic perspective that embraces the critical relationship between the teacher and the learner.

With the theme Teaching and Learning for Peace, ISPED 2019 is an international, peer-reviewed engagement for educators, academics, researchers, students and others who desire to improve teaching quality, student engagement and access to education. Participants will have an opportunity to showcase research, connect with other educators, learn about key issues and explore the culture and history of Japan!

Please note that ISPED 2019 has a limited number of presentation slots. Submission and registration applications are based on availability and may close prior to the cut off date.

Final proposals of 250 words in English are due by Friday, March 8, 2019. Click on the Link Below to Submit your Proposal Today!

ISPED 2019 Submission Application

ISPED 2019 Streams

  • Assessment, Measuring and Testing
  • Community, Culture and Globalization
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Education Policy and Management
  • Education Technology
  • EFL / ESL and Teaching other Languages
  • E-learning and Distance Education
  • Higher Education and University Research
  • Learner Disabilities and Special Education
  • Literacy, Poverty and Human Rights
  • Peace Studies and Peace Education
  • Universal Access to Education
  • Other Areas (please specify)

ISPED 2019 Submission Guidelines

Who Should Attend

ISPED 2019 will provide an interdisciplinary platform for academics, researchers, policy makers,  students and supporters of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Plan Your Attendance

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Program Committee

  • Takayuki YamadaHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
    Takayuki Yamada
    INTESDA, Japan

    Mr. Yamada is a Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai, where he also serves as a special adviser of the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. Between 2011 and 2018 he has organized and led several humanitarian and medical aid missions to India and Bhutan to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio in South Asia. Most recently, Mr. Yamada was appointed to serve on the strategic planning committee for the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program in Japan.

  • Michael K. Sasaoka-AlvordHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
    Michael Sasaoka-Alvord
    Program Director, INTESDA,

    Michael oversees special programs, events and business development for INTESDA, which mobilizes ideas and raises awareness for sustainable development and the Global Goals. Michael holds degrees in international business and Japanese from San Diego State University, USA.  His research interest include globalization, sustainable development and education rights. He is actively involved with flood-fighting and disaster response and management in Japan.

  • Gary SmithHost Organizer Co-Chairperson
    Gary Smith
    Director, Great Lakes Lights Photography, USA
  • Gary Smith is an environmental and landscape photographer, mountain climber and filmmaker. He is the director and chief contributor to Great Lakes Lights Photography with a particular focus on landscape photography projects both in the US and Japan. His work has deepened his passion and concern for climate change and its affect on the environment. In particular, his work has revealed the long term affects of air and water pollution around the Great Lakes and also within Japan. Gary holds degrees in mass communication, media arts and Japanese from Southern Illinois University, USA. He previously worked for an ABC News affiliate and later for as a translator for the municipal government in Niigata, Japan. His academic interests include environmental studies, ICT and photography. Gary divides his time between his homes in Illinois, USA and Shizuoka, Japan.