Press Release

2022.06.15 Recruitment of Participating Schools for Educational Program in Academic Year 2022 Begins ~Expansion of Implementation Areas Nationwide~

The Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition has started recruiting participating schools for the “Educational Program” intended to deepen understanding of the Expo and SDGs through classes at elementary and junior high schools from Wednesday, June 15. In addition, from academic year 2022, the area where classes of the program are to be held will expand to all over Japan.
This program was launched in October 2020 with the aim of raising children’s interest in and awareness of Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan.
Under the program, children who will be responsible for the future will participate in initiatives for Expo before its opening, learn about SDGs, think of ideas for the Expo’s theme “Designing Future Society for Our Lives.”
Since October 2020 when the program was introduced, a total of 64 schools (21 elementary schools and 43 junior high schools) from two urban prefectures and three prefectures in the Kansai area have participated.
Classes are taught by teachers from each participating school using exclusive teaching materials arranged by the Association. About 10 hours of classes such as comprehensive learning are used to deepen understanding of the Expo and SDGs. In addition, “Research Meeting,” where children interact online with companies working on SDGs, and “Junior EXPO,” that functions as a place for children to present the results they have learned through classes and other activities, will be held this fiscal year as well.
The content of the program and the exclusive materials (reading books for learning) can be viewed on the Educational Program’s website

■Outline of recruitment

  1. Application Period:
    From Wednesday, June 15, 2022 to Tuesday, December 27, 2022
    Junior high schools wishing to hold a Research Meeting should apply by Wednesday, August 31, 2022.

2.Grades applicable to the program:
  Elementary school: 5th and 6th grades
  Junior High School: All grades

3.Eligible applicants:
   Elementary and junior high schools in all prefectures
   * Only officials from schools may apply. Neither companies nor individuals are eligible.

4.How to apply
Please apply from the following webpage on or after Wednesday, June 15.
The participation recruitment site of the Association’s Junior EXPO 2025 Education Support Bureau is available. The application procedure should be completed by elementary or junior high school officials.
Elementary school:
Junior high school: 

From June 15, 2022~: Recruitment of participating schools starts (elementary and junior high schools)
The class opening day varies depending on each school.

From October 2022 to November 2022: “Research Meeting” (Junior high schools)
Companies working on the SDGs announce the details of their initiatives, and children ask questions about their initiatives. Interaction is conducted online. (The title of program was changed from “Idea Meeting” to “Research Meeting” this fiscal year)

Late February, 2023: “Junior EXPO – Presentation Session” (Junior high schools)
To summarize what students have learned, a presentation session will be held in order for groups to share their ideas.

From February 2023 to March 2023: “Junior Expo – Poster Session” (Elementary schools)
To summarize what was learned, students will make posters. The posters, “Ideas for Brilliance of All Life,” will be widely distributed on the Association’s website and other media platforms.

■Description of educational program

  1. Content of classes

Textbooks, videos, and other exclusive teaching materials arranged by the Association are used. (Produced in cooperation with the Osaka Prefectural Board of Education)

*The presentation session is scheduled to be held within the “Kansai SDGs Youth Meeting” which is co-hosted with the Kansai SDGs Platform.
  1. Exclusive teaching materials
    The teaching materials dedicated to this program can be downloaded from the educational program webpage, “Educational program exclusive materials: reading books for learning.”
  • Teaching materials other than reading books for learning can be downloaded after the registration is completed.
    *Teaching material data distributed by the Association should be incorporated into tablet or other digital devices for classroom use. Neither bound teaching materials nor booklets will be distributed.
  • This program is created and used for comprehensive learning class. However, schools may freely arrange and use the program in the annual class curriculum.

This program is subsidized by Japan Keirin Autorace Foundation (JKA).


Public Relations Department, Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition