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Origin of the name "Kyoso Sankaku Tanken Network"



The ‘OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Tohoku School’, as a restoration project for education, was initiated after the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. The students worked with the objective of creating a vision to revitalise their home region, with their own hands, so they can promote what makes Tohoku attractive to the world. This creative process involved their schools, municipal governments, industries, the state, as well as other countries and international organisations to seek, along with adults, a new form of education.


In 2015, the Innovative Schools Network (ISN), supported by the OECD, was established to form a project that inherited the spirit of the OECD Tohoku School. The Fukushima University and the University of Tokyo led this project as universities that were responsible for the success of the OECD Tohoku School. During this time, the Tokyo Gakugei University also began conducting video research based on the concepts of agency and competencies under the OECD-Japan joint research project.

The OECD Future of Education and Skills 2030 project was launched in 2015. Since then, stakeholders from around the world have been engaging, aspiring and setting goals about the future of education. By the end of Phase 1, a common understanding was reached which was to make the co-creation of individual and societal well-being the goal of education. The competencies that learners need to reach this goal was conceptualised by the OECD Learning Compass. Currently, in Phase 2, the project is developing the OECD Teaching Compass.



The grammatically correct form is “Since Then, Now On.” However, there is an intention behind switching the period and the comma in this title.

- Period (.) to think from scratch -
The period represents our intention to pause and reflect on where we came from. Often times we are unable to break out of our shell and imagine a better future because we are seized by the past or worried about the present. We place a period (.) after “Since Then.” to set our imagination free from the constraints of habitual thinking and the status quo.

- Comma (,) as hope for the future -
We see the activities that began from the March 2021 workshop as “an endless journey.”
We are able to take part in this activity because our senpai, the graduates of the OECD Tohoku School, have shared their passion, beliefs, and opportunities with us. No choice or decision in education can be absolutely and definitively correct. As our reference to “an endless journey” suggests, we wish that our kohai, or those succeeding our project, will also continue to think about education. The comma (,) , therefore, represents our hope for ourselves and for our future successors.
Our long journey involving many people will start with us, from this day.

The “Since Then. From Now On,” workshop was organised and led by students. It created a space that participants from all over the world, from policy makers to international organisations, academics to social partners as well as students, teachers and parents could engage in a dialogue about their common future.


The mission of KSTN is to inherit the spirit of the OECD Tohoku School, to think about where we came from, where we are at present, and where we are going, through our collaboration with a variety of individuals and networks, so we can collectively take action to create a better future.

A decade has passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake.
The Fukushima University and the OECD organised a joint workshop in March 2021 titled “Since Then. From Now On,”. The following statement represents the students’ thoughts for the workshop:

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