- Asia-Pacific Leadership Academy for School Principals
Globalization, usually viewed as an inevitable and intrinsic characteristic of the 21st century, is being touted by some as a powerful force for peace. However, paradoxically, as this worldwide phenomenon accelerated points of interaction among cultures through migration and mass media, it has also given rise to, if not exacerbated, ethnic frictions, attitudes of intolerance and identity-linked violence within and across societies. Defining peace as the absence of war is therefore clearly inadequate; peace should rather be defined as the genuine practice of values of equality, respect and understanding among peoples. It is in this regard that education plays a critical task in constructing the defenses of genuine peace in the minds of men to safeguard the lives of future generations.
While education lies mostly on the hands of teachers, its effectiveness and potential reach also rely heavily upon the nature of the school administration, environment and curriculums. APCEIU therefore firmly believes that school leadership also assumes an indispensable role in making school contexts conducive to the learning of other cultures, appreciation of the other and inculcation of universal values of mutual respect, human rights and equality. Acting upon this conviction, APCEIU has been holding the Asia-Pacific Leadership Academy for School Principals (APLASP) since 2010 to enhance the competencies of school principals to implement Education for International Understanding (EIU) in their respective schools, a measure to help societies effectively cope with the challenges to peace brought about by globalization.
Now on its fourth year, APLASP aims to provide school principals from the Asia-Pacific region opportunities to internalize the values underpinning EIU through interactive workshops and cultural immersions, as well as those that help foster their international school networks through the school fair and school visits. It is expected after the workshop that EIU will make school leaders become enthusiastic in creating school networks with their counterparts, intensifying the channels of mutual understanding across different societies, ultimately engendering a Culture of Peace in the Asia-Pacific region.
4th Asia-Pacific Leadership Academy for School Principals
■ Dates: 15 - 23 October 2013
■ Venue: Seoul, Republic of Korea
■ Sponsor: Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education (SMOE)
■ Participants: 30 school principals from the UNESCO Member States in Asia and the Pacific
■ Main Contents
- Lectures and seminars on EIU and educational leadership in the 21st Century
- Presentations and exhibitions to share good EIU practices of participating schools
- School visits, school fair and cultural activities to help develop school exchange programmes among participants