2014 Conference on Education and Human Development in Asia (COHDA)

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  • The PRESDA Foun­da­tion is kindly invit­ing you to par­tic­i­pate in the 2014 edi­tion of the Con­fer­ence on Edu­ca­tion and Human Devel­op­ment in Asia (COHDA), held March 2 – 4, 2014 in Hiroshima, Japan at the KKR Hotel.

    Con­fer­ence Theme

    Change, Con­ti­nu­ity and Diver­sity: Per­spec­tives on Sus­tain­abil­ity for Asia

    In an increas­ingly glob­al­ized Asia, the eco­nomic, indus­trial and polit­i­cal devel­op­ments among the nations that are located within the con­ti­nent have brought about dra­matic social change. Within a span of just over a cen­tury, Asia has been a major site of colo­nial­ism and decol­o­niza­tion, global war­fare, polit­i­cal upheaval and régime change, the rise of new nations, ongo­ing eth­nic and reli­gious con­flict, eco­nomic boom and reces­sion, pop­u­la­tion explo­sion, cul­tural dias­po­ras, viral epi­demics, tech­no­log­i­cal advance­ment, and severe envi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion and disasters.

    While com­men­ta­tors and ana­lysts have rec­og­nized the vast changes that have shaped the Asian con­ti­nent, it is also cru­cial to under­stand the con­ti­nu­ities that are main­tained even in the face of such impe­tus for change. Apart from change, what con­stants still resist change? In addi­tion, what fac­tors con­tribute to such ongo­ing resilience? Although it may be argued that the forces of glob­al­iza­tion and devel­op­ment have set in motion a num­ber of pos­i­tive changes in the ways we live our lives, this has also been coun­ter­bal­anced by the con­ti­nu­ities of inequal­ity and suf­fer­ing of many oth­ers. The tide of change often exists in a state of ten­sion with the forces of con­ti­nu­ity. Hence, in order for us to com­pre­hend the forces of change, we must also engage other oppos­ing forces.

    At the same time, attempts to medi­ate the ten­sion between change and con­ti­nu­ity have given rise to grow­ing diver­si­ties. Dri­ven partly by the forces of migra­tion within a global eco­nomic order often guided by transna­tional mar­kets of pro­duc­tion or con­sump­tion, new polit­i­cal and social-​cultural frag­men­ta­tions and inter­sec­tions within nation-​states in Asia have emerged. In the face of such devel­op­ments, the impli­ca­tions of and chal­lenges to efforts at sus­tain­abil­ity are numer­ous. While it is increas­ingly rec­og­nized that sus­tain­abil­ity entails dimen­sions far beyond the eco­log­i­cal sphere, the next step is to exam­ine and under­stand the impact of change and con­ti­nu­ity and the resul­tant diver­si­ties that are con­tained within.

    Change, Con­ti­nu­ity and Diver­sity: Per­spec­tives on Sus­tain­abil­ity for Asia seeks to explore such issues and their links to the notion of sus­tain­abil­ity through the com­bined and holis­tic lenses of an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary approach.

    Fea­tured Presenter

    In a spe­cial COHDA pre­sen­ta­tion, Mr. Isao Aratani, an A-​Bomb sur­vivor, will dis­cuss his life and the hor­rific events he wit­nessed on August 6, 1945, when Hiroshima was sub­jected to the world’s first atomic bombing.

    Mr. Aratani was born in Hiroshima in 1931. He was exposed to the bomb­ing at the East Drill Ground, 2.2 km from the hypocen­ter when he was a second-​year stu­dent at Sec­ond Hiroshima Pre­fec­tural Hiroshima Junior High School. After grad­u­at­ing from uni­ver­sity, he began work­ing as a chemist at a paint com­pany. For much of his life, Mr. Aratani has never told his story; how­ever, after mov­ing back to Hiroshima at the age of 69, he decided to share his story in the hopes that future gen­er­a­tions will learn the hor­ror of wars and embrace peace for eternity.

    Con­fer­ence Topics

    Tak­ing into account the wider themes of Change, Con­ti­nu­ity and Diver­sity, the con­fer­ence will focus on the fol­low­ing themes:

    Areas of Human Development

    • Econ­omy and Sustainability
    • Envi­ron­ment and Technology
    • Gen­der and Culture
    • Health­care and Social Support
    • Inequal­ity and Justice
    • Migra­tion and Identity
    • Pol­i­tics and Conflict
    • Pop­u­la­tion and Aging

    Areas of Education

    • Admin­is­tra­tion, Pol­icy and Leadership
    • Adult Edu­ca­tion
    • Advis­ing, Coun­sel­ing and Stu­dent Services
    • Cur­ricu­lum, Research and Development
    • Dis­tance Edu­ca­tion and E-​learning
    • Edu­ca­tion for Sus­tain­able Development
    • Edu­ca­tional Mea­sure­ment and Evaluation
    • Edu­ca­tional Psychology
    • Edu­ca­tional Tech­nol­ogy and ICT
    • Ele­men­tary and Early Child­hood Education
    • Enroll­ment Management
    • ESL/​EFL Education
    • Health, Sex and Phys­i­cal Education
    • Higher Edu­ca­tion and Fur­ther Education
    • Indige­nous and Rural Education
    • Lib­eral Arts Education
    • Pro­fes­sional Development
    • Sec­ondary Education
    • Spe­cial Education
    • Teacher Edu­ca­tion
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