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Learning Consortium for the Future to be Established Toward the introduction of computer-programming education into schools through public-private collaboration

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will jointly establish a Learning Consortium for the Future as a preparation for the implementation of computer programming education to foster programming-thinking skills and other theoretical approaches for school children, which will be introduced into schools under the next curriculum guidelines. The consortium will aim to disseminate and promote computer-programming education in schools through the development of diverse and sophisticated educational materials for computer programming, experienced-based computer-programming activities with the cooperation of companies, and other efforts in collaboration with school officials, companies or venture businesses related to the fields of education or IT, and industrial worlds.

The ministries hereby announce that taking the opportunity of this establishment, they will hold an inaugural meeting on March 9 (Thur.), 2017, by inviting supporters of this initiative.

1. Purpose of the establishment

 The dissemination and promotion of computer-programming education will bring about profound effects through the cooperation between the public sector and the private sector or NPOs and also through the collaboration between the public sector and ICT CONNECT 21, an educational organization functioning as a network of education-related companies, associations and other entities, as an initiative conducted under the public-private cooperation, rather than one led by the government of Japan alone. To this end, the consortium to be established will provide a variety of related information, including attractiveness of computer programming and educational materials useful in instruction, through events, official websites and other means.

2. Outline of the inaugural meeting

Date and time:
March 9 (Thur.), 2017; from 16:00 to 18:00
Lecture room on the third floor of MEXT (3-2-2 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo)
  • Releasing a founding intention
  • Releasing the outline of the Learning Consortium for the Future
  • Introducing supporters
  • Talk session
  • Group photo session, etc.

How to apply

If you wish to attend the inaugural meeting, click here for prior registration.


3. Future schedule (tentative)

 March 9, 2017: Holding an inaugural meeting of the Learning Consortium for the Future
From April 2017: Sequentially holding a kick-off event and other consortium-organized events

Link to the related information

Release date

February 9, 2017

Division in Charge

  • Office for the Promotion of Information Education, Education Media and Information Policy Division, Lifelong Learning Policy Bureau, MEXT
  • Promotion for Content Distribution Division, Information and Communications Bureau, MIC
  • Office for Human Resources Policy, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI
  • Information Service Industry Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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