Public Symposium by JICA and the World Bank— Improvement of children’s learning through local community and school collaboration— ‘From experience of “School for All” Project and evidence from the world’
November 21, 2016Tokyo

Quality education is a fundamental human right that everyone must enjoy, and it is also an enabler for realizing all the other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yet it is estimated that 250 million children, or at least 40 % of primary school age children in the world, are not learning basic skills in literacy and numeracy (UNESCO, 2014). To address this challenge, JICA has supported the improvement of school management through community participation by ‘School for All Project’ in Africa since 2004, and is working with these countries to improve children’s learning.

In this symposium, the speakers will discuss the importance of community and school collaboration for improving children’s learning and the role of education administration, and share good practices and lessons learned. The discussion will also cover how the trust building between community and school can contribute to the local community development, and what role education can play in progress of society.

We will invite various speakers and panelists with deep expertise and rich experiences in this field, including Co-directors of the World Development Report (WDR) to be published by the World Bank next year and the founder of “School for All” project of JICA. The experiences in West Africa and Japan will also be shared by the Cabinet Director, the Ministry of Education of Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, and Superintendent of Mitaka City respectively.

Tentative Programme

16:30 - 16:35
Opening Remark by Takao Toda, Senior Special Advisor to the president, Japan International Cooperation Agency

16:35 - 17:00
‘Empirical evidence on effective interventions for children’s learning and the role of education in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’
by Dr. Deon Filmer and Dr. Halsey Rogers, the World Bank

17:00 - 17:25
‘Improvement of learning through school and community collaboration: the potential of the “School for All” project to promote community development’
by Mr. Masahiro Hara, Former Chief Advisor of JICA “School for All” Project in Africa

17:25 - 17:40
‘The role of the community in improving learning: Field experiment in “School for All” project in Niger’
by Mr. Eiji Kozuka, Japan International Cooperation Agency

17:40 - 18:55
Panel discussion ‘Collaboration of community and school for improvement of learning, and the role of educational administration’

18:55 - 19:00
Closing Remark by Mr. Yasusuke Tsukakoshi, Special Representative, Japan, World Bank Group


Dr. Deon Filmer, Co-Director, World Development Report (WDR) 2018, World Bank
Dr. Halsey Rogers, Co-Director, World Development Report (WDR) 2018, World Bank
Mr. Eiji Kozuka, Director of Basic Education Team Human Development Department, JICA
Mr. Masahiro Hara, Former Chief Advisor of JICA “School for All” Project in Africa


Mr. Akio Takabe, Superintendent of Education, Mitaka Education Board
Dr. Deon Filmer,Co-Director, World Development Report (WDR) 2018, World Bank
Mr. Kabran Assoumou, Director of Cabinet, Ministry of National Education, Republic of Côte d’Ivoire
Mr. Masahiro Hara, Former Chief Advisor of JICA “School for All” Project


Dr. Mikiko Nishimura, Senior associate professor (International Christian University)


This seminar will be video recorded and may be broadcast on JICA-RI’s website. If you choose to participate in a discussion, you are presumed to consent to the use of your comments in these recordings.
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More Information and Resistration

Please visit JICA Research Institute page. Closing date is November 17.

  • Date/Time: Monday, November 21, 2016, 4:30pm-7:00pm (JST)
  • VENUE: International Conference Hall, 2nd floor, JICA Ichigaya Building, 10-5 Ichigaya Honmuracho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
  • CONTACT: JICA Human Development Department, Basic Education Group