The 8th International Froebel Society Conference
Thu. 6th - Sat. 8th September, 2018
Hiroshima Prefectural Citizen’s Culture Center
1-5-3, Otemachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima, 730-0051 Japan
Organized by The Japanese Society for the Study of Pestalozzi and Froebel
Co-organized by Hiroshima Bunka Gakuen University
Chair of Organizing Committee: Michiru Watanabe
Professor of Hiroshima Bunka Gakuen University
Education for peace: Froebelian contributions at global and local level
Widely known, Froebel is famous as the founder of Kindergartens. But his educational plan included not only child development but also development into adulthood. His ultimate aim is a unity of human-beings, nature and the origins of life ? the essence of life seen in all living creature in this world. The ideal goal of his education is to create a world harmonizing individuality with the whole, all the while accepting diversity of all lives. From the beginning, Froebel’s kindergarten has this ultimate aim.
For about 170 years, the kindergarten embodying his ideas has spread throughout the world as an institution of early childhood care and education.
However, nowadays, the situation internationally points towards pockets of serious antagonism and conflict based on religious and ideological differences, and on concepts of nation and culture under the rapid progress of globalization and the information revolution.
Contrary to Froebel’s vision, a considerable number of children have lost their lives and people have broken off their connections and the sense of community has weakened. However, children need to have a happy family life and a fulfilling school life for their expected future.
As a result, a great many children and civilian lives have been, an continue to be, sacrificed.
Hiroshima, the venue of next IFS conference in 2018 is the first city in history to have been the victim of an atom bomb.
That is why Hiroshima has relentlessly appealed for permanent peace in this world.
The former president of the United States, Barack Obama visited Hiroshima in 2016 where he made the Declaration of Peace. His speech aroused sympathy from much of the audience.
Hiroshima has for 70 years been promoting the importance of peace and the senselessness and worthlessness of war toward all over the world.
Additionally, teachers in Hiroshima have developed an educational programme of peace education and repeatedly highlighted the core themes to pupils from primary school through to secondary school.
At this IFS conference in Hiroshima 2018, we are planning to reclaim the roots of Froebel’s philosophy and rediscover how Froebelian research, based on his philosophy in which he longed for unity of all living creatures, can make a useful contribution to an education aimed at international peace.
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1st February 2018 Conference booking opens
30th April 2018 Deadline of proposal submission
31st May 2018 Notification of proposal acceptance
30th June 2018 Early bird rate closes
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- Registration Fee:
Early bird registration fee Japanese Yen 30,000
Full conference fee Japanese Yen 35,000
Registration entitlements - full conference fee:
Entry to all conference sessions and exhibition (Genbaku Dome, etc.)
Tickets to the conference dinners on 6th and 7th September
Ticket to lunch on 7th September
Morning and afternoon teas from 6th to 8th September
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