On 4 September 2020, Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) hosted a final reporting webinar session on the Global Leadership Training Programme in Africa (GLTP), providing an opportunity for the students who participated in the previous year to share their fieldwork results with students newly selected for the programme. GLTP is a practical training initiative, supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT), which provides Japanese postgraduate students with opportunities to implement their fieldwork at partner institutions in Africa.
In 2019, nine Japanese postgraduate students were selected and conducted field research under the supervision of five host universities and institutes in five African countries (Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda, and Zambia) for two to six months. Their research themes are diverse including analysis on the relevance of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) to labor market needs, the roles of school management committees and parent-teacher associations on the quality of primary education in Uganda, and the development of an underground mining monitoring system using WiFi in South Africa.
In this reporting session, seven trainees presented their research outcomes and experiences with the public and the growing GLTP alumni network. There are two students who returned to Japan due to COVID-19 and are currently continuing their research remotely.