The Space Education Programme of UNESCO has been organizing space education workshops since 2005 for the benefit of teachers and students of secondary schools in developing countries. Those workshops were organized together with ministries and government agencies, in education or science and technology, as well as space-related institutes of the host countries and were held in multiple cities in each country.
The typical programme of the workshop features lectures by space experts on various topics relating to space activities and hands-on sessions organized in one day. To date, the workshops have been held in five countries. In response to the invitation by UNESCO, the Space Education Center participated in workshops held in Colombia (Baranquilla, Cali, Medellin and Bogota, November-December 2005; the Center participated in the workshops in Medellin and Bogota), Vietnam (Ha Noi, Hue and Ho Chi Minh, March 2006) and Ecuador (Quito, Cuenca and Guayaquil, May 2007). In those countries, the Center introduced water rocket activities and organized hands-on water rocket launch sessions.
Water Rocket Launch demonstration
Space Education Seminar in Bangladesh, 2010 (in conjunction with UNESCO)
Immediately following the successful launch of Sputnik-I in October 1957, COPUOS was established as an ad-hoc committee of the United Nations General Assembly by its resolution 1348 (XIII). It became a permanent body in 1959 per General Assembly resolution 1472 (XIV).
COPUOS meets annually to discuss various items relating to space activities carried out for peaceful purposes. At its annual sessions between 2004 and 2007, COPUOS addressed "Space and Education" as a special focus theme to discuss during the consideration of agenda item entitled "Space and Society". As part of the delegation of Japan, the Space Education Center participated in the meetings of COPUOS that addressed "Space and Education" and presented the goals, principles, achievements and plans of its activities as contributions to the work of COPUOS.
Following the first conference in 1990 in Costa Rica, the Space Conference of the Americas (CEA) has convened in principle every three years by member countries including all countries in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as North America. CEA addressed various issues relating to the promotion of economic and social development of the region through international cooperation in space activities. The Fifth Conference held in Quito, Ecuador in July 2006 addressed space education. Upon invitation by Ecuador, which hosted the Space Conference of the Americas (V CEA), the Space Education Center participated as an observer and introduced its space education activities and materials.