Press Release

2023.05.24 “Junior Expo 2025 Educational Program”, Call for Participating Schools Started ~ Expanding the Area of Implementation to Overseas Educational Institutions~

The Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition (hereinafter referred to as “the Association”) will begin accepting applications for schools participating in the 2023 Junior Expo Educational Program for the fiscal year 2023 on Wednesday, May 24, 2023. From this fiscal year, the area where the program is conducted is expanded to not only domestic schools but also overseas educational institutions such as schools for Japanese students outside Japan. (The title of the program was changed from the “Educational Program” to the “Junior Expo 2025 Educational Program” this fiscal year)
This program has been conducted to encourage children, who will play a leading role in the future, to participate in the events targeted for Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan (hereinafter referred to as “the Expo”) even before the opening of the Expo, to learn about the SDGs, think of ideas for the theme of the Expo—”Designing Future Society for Our Lives” —and increase their interest so that they will actually want to visit the Expo in 2025. A total of 183 schools (82 elementary schools and 101 junior high schools) from Tokyo, Hokkaido, Osaka, Kyoto and 20 prefectures all over Japan have participated in the program since the start of the program in October 2020.
Teachers at each participating school conduct classes using the dedicated materials compiled by the Association. Approximately 10 hours of comprehensive learning and other class time will be used to deepen the understanding of the Expo and the SDGs. “Research Meetings” where companies committed to SDGs and children have an online exchange, and “Junior Expo” where children show their achievements learned through class, will be held.

Outline of the application

  1. Application period
    From Wednesday, May 24, 2023, to Wednesday, December 27, 2023
    ※ Junior high schools wishing to hold a Research Meeting should apply by Wednesday, July 31, 2023.
  2. Recommended school years (grades) for the program
    Elementary school: 5th and 6th grades
    Junior high school: All grades
  3. Eligible applicants
    Elementary and junior high schools in all prefectures
    Overseas educational institutions (Schools for Japanese students outside Japan, schools that conduct supplementary classes for Japanese students outside Japan, and private educational institutions outside Japan)
    ※ Only officials from schools may apply. Neither companies nor individuals are eligible.
  4. How to apply
    Please apply from the following web pages from Wednesday, May 24.
    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.
    ※ You can apply directly from the websites below.
    【In Japan】
    Elementary school:
    Junior high school:
    【Overseas educational institutions】
    Elementary school:
    Junior high school:
  5. Schedule (tentative)
    From May 24, 2023: Recruitment of participating schools starts (elementary and junior high schools in Japan and overseas educational institutions)
    ※ The class opening day varies depending on each school.

From October 2023 to January 2024: “Research Meetings” (Junior high schools and junior high school students at overseas educational institutions)
Companies working on the SDGs announce the details of their initiatives, and children ask questions about their initiatives. The interaction will be conducted online.

Late February 2024: “Junior Expo – Presentation Session” (Junior high schools and junior high school students at overseas educational institutions)
To summarize what students have learned, a presentation session will be held in order for groups to share their ideas.

March 2024: “Junior Expo – Poster Session” (Elementary schools and elementary school students at overseas educational institutions)
To summarize what was learned, students will make posters. The posters, “Ideas for the Brilliance of ‘All’ Life,” will be widely distributed on the Association’s website and other media platforms.

Description of the Junior EXPO 2025 Educational Program

  1. Content of classes
    Textbooks, videos, and other exclusive teaching materials compiled 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 Junior Expo 2025 educational program webpage, “Junior Expo 2025 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 tablets 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 classes. However, schools may freely arrange and use the program in the annual class curriculum.
    In accordance with their curriculum, “short version teaching materials” that are for learning about the Expo and the SDGs in about three class periods are also available.
  2. Other
    This program is subsidized by JKA.


Public Relations Department, Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition