Pathways to Building Back Better in Education 
“Voices from the Field” 

October 15, 2020
16:00–18:00 (JST)
Language: English 
Free Registration

The year 2020 has been marked by COVID-19 and education became one of the hardest hit sectors by the pandemic. Full or partial lockdown measures have been introduced around the world since March 2020, resulting in school closures. This webinar will shed light on the cases of 3 Southeast Asian countries, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Lao P.D.R., and present initiatives taken in these countries to continue education during the pandemic. Education specialists will explore pathways towards Building Back Better in this unprecedented global educational challenge.

Target Groups

Graduate/Undergraduate students who are interested in international education development (and others)


Part 1: Pathways to continue education during COVID-19 (1 hour)

  • Opening 
  • Country Presentations/Dialogues  
    • Myanmar   (Hikari Miyahara x Risa Otsu from CREATE Project)
    • Cambodia  (Dr. Set Seng x Koji Takahashi from E-TEC Project) 
    • Lao P.D.R. (Mr. Outhit Thipmany x Rio Nishihara from iTEAM Project)
  • Q&A 

Part 2: Pathways towards Building Back Better (1 hour)

  • Introduction  
  • Commentary 
    • Perspective on infection prevention in schools   (Prof. Aiko Sakurai)
    • Perspective on ensuring continuity of learning  (Prof. Masakazu Kita)
    • Comments from PADECO Education Division (Akiko Nakano)
  • Plenary session 

Summary and Closing (Ryuichi Sugiyama, General Manager, PADECO EDD)


From Myanmar


Project Consultant at PADECO

M.A. in International Comparative Education
(Stanford University School of Education, USA)


Consultant at PADECO

M.S. in Education
(University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJWBGSP) Scholar

From Cambodia

Dr. Seng SET

Director, Teacher Education College, Phnom Penh

Ph.D in Chemistry Education
(Hyogo University of Education, Japan)


Principal Consultant at PADECO

M.A. (Education and International Development)
(Institute of Education, University of London, U.K)
M.Ed. in Mathematics
(Graduate School of Kobe University, Japan)

From Lao P. D. R.


Deputy Director,
Research Institute for Educational Sciences (RIES)

Master Degree (Energy), Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand)


Consultant at PADECO

Master of Arts in International Educational Development
(Columbia University, USA)
Master of Economics
(Kobe University, Japan)
Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholar



Professor, Toyo Eiwa University and Tohoku University

Ex-Deputy General Manager at PADECO
Ph.D. (Kobe University, Japan)
Master of Public Administration (MPA) (Columbia University, USA)
LLM (Political Science), (Keio University, Japan)

Dr. Masakazu KITA

Professor, Graduate School of Education, Okayama University

Doctor of Science (Osaka University, Japan)



Deputy General Manager at PADECO

Master of Education in International Education Policy
(Harvard University Graduate School of Education, USA)

PADECO Education Development Division
Webinar Office

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!