Loleka Yungu BERNARD

Research Interest:

  • Economics of Education and Development, Education Policy and Planning, Access and Quality of Basic Education, Early Grade Reading, Education for Sustainability, Multicultural Education, Transformative Learning.

Education

  • PhD in Economics, Kobe University (Expected, September 2020)
  • Master of Economics, Kobe University (September, 2017)
  • Research student at Kobe University (Apr 2014-Sep, 2015)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, National Pedagogical University of Congo (July, 2007)
  • English and Computer Sciences, American Christian Liberal Arts University in Congo (September, 2003)

Experiences

  • Extensive knowledge of teacher development, household survey, classroom management, early childhood care and education, and basic education.
  • Several years of experience in teaching, teacher development, education research projects, working closely with key stakeholders and beneficiaries.
  • Proven ability to conduct quantitative research on educational issues.
  • Intimate familiarity with analytical work and local conditions in developing countries, especially Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Simultaneous translator and Assistant for JICA training since 2014

Publication

  • Social and economic environment effect on primary school achievement: case study of Kinshasa-Region in the Democratic Republic of Congo, National and Pedagogical University of Congo (Bachelor’s Thesis) July 2007

Academic Associations

  • Japanese Comparative Education Society( JCES)
  • Japanese Society for International Development (JSID)
  • Comparative International Education Society (CIES)
  • Rencontres des Chercheurs Francophones du Kansai (RSFK)

Academic Conference Presentation

  • Loleka, B “The Impact of Landholding Size on The Level of Educational Attainment and Types of Occupation: Evidence from The Democratic Republic of Congo”, Paper presented at the at the 29th Japanese Society for International Development Forum (JASID), University of Tsukuba. November 2018.
  • Loleka, B “The Impact of Language of Instruction on Primary School Student Overall Performance: Case of Bilingual education in the Democratic Republic of Congo”, Paper presented at the at the 15th International Education Development Forum (IEDF), Kobe University. November 2018.
  • Loleka, B “The Effects of Language of Instruction & Gender on the Overall Performance Among Primary School Students: Focusing on Bilingual education in the Democratic Republic of Congo”, Paper presented at the at the 19th International Conference on Education Research (ICER), Seoul National University. October 2018.
  • Loleka, B “The Effects of Language of Instruction on the Overall Performance Among Primary School Students: Focusing on Bilingual education in the Democratic Republic of Congo”, Paper presented at the at the 21th Africa Education Research Forum(AERF), Yokohama University. April 2018.
  • Loleka, B “The Effects of Farming & Non-Farming Income Generating Activities on School Attendance in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Evidence from Rural South-Kivu Province, Paper presented at the International Education Development Forum(IEDF), Nagoya University. November 2017.
  • Loleka, B. “Impacts of Farm & Nonfarm Income Generating Activities on School Attendance in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Case of South-Kivu Province”, Paper presented at the 20th Africa Education Research Forum(AERF), Hiroshima University. October 2017.
  • Loleka, B. “The Effects of Farm & Nonfarm Income Generating Activities on School Attendance in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Evidence from Rural South-Kivu Province”, Paper presented at the 6th Worldwide Forum for Comparative Education, Beijing Normal University. September 2017.
  • Loleka, B. “Impact of Household Characteristics on Basic School Student’s Attainment: Evidence from the Democratic Republic of Congo”, Paper presented at the 19th Africa Educational Research Forum, Osaka University. April 2017.
  • Loleka, B. “Analysis of household characteristics and their impact on basic schooling attainment in the Democratic Republic of Congo”, Paper presented at the 61st Comparative and International Education Society in Atlanta, USA; March 2017.
  • Loleka, B. “The Analysis of Factors Affecting Household Demand for Primary Schooling in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Case of Kinshasa Province”, Paper presented at the 17th International Education Development Forum, Seoul National University; October 2016.
  • Loleka, B. “Household Decision-Making process and its impact on Basic School Attainment in the Democratic Republic of Congo”, Paper presented at the 17th International Conference on Education Research, at Seoul National University, South Korea, October 2016.
  • Loleka, B. “Assessing the Impact of NGOs Working in Education on Out-of School Primary School-aged Children in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kinshasa Province”, Paper presented at the 17th Africa Educational Research Forum, Nagoya University; April 2016.
  • Loleka, B. “Benefits of Private Supplementary Tutoring on School Achievement: Case of 6th graders Primary School Pupils in Botswana” Paper presented at the 16th International Conference on Education Research, at Seoul National University, South Korea, October 2015.
  • Loleka, B. “Adapting Peer Tutoring As alternative for Cognitive School Readiness: Case of Pre-schooling in the Democratic Republic of Congo” Paper presented at the 16th Africa Education Research Forum, at Tokyo University, Japan, October 2015
  • Loleka, B. “Effect of child-to-child approach on children school readiness: case of preschool-aged children in the Democratic Republic of Congo” proposal presented at the international education development Forum (IEDF2014), Kobe University, Japan, November 2014.
  • Loleka, B. “Effect of child-to-child approach on children school readiness: case of preschool-aged children in the Democratic Republic of Congo” proposal presented at the 14th Africa Education Research Forum, at Research institute for humanity and nature, Japan, Kyoto October 2014

Awards

  • Africa Education Research Forum (AERF), Award for Best Research Presentation at Hiroshima University (October, 2017)
  • Japanese Ministry of Education, (MEXT) Scholarship (April. 2014-Sep. 2017)
  • Japanese Ministry of Education, (MEXT) Scholarship (October.2017-Sep. 2020)

Language/ Skills

  • French (Native), English (Fluent) Japanese (Elementary)
  • STATA & SPSS
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Message to Potential Candidates to Ogawa Seminar

Dear potential candidates to Ogawa seminar, I would like to start this short missive by expressing all my gratitude to Professor Ogawa for accepting me as one of his seminar’s students. This seminar has pushed me beyond what I thought were my limits with writing and, helped improve my analytical skills beyond what I could have imagined. I am now able to see life perspectives with a framework that will carry me throughout my career, which is something that I am eternally grateful for. Though professor Ogawa is sometimes tough and sometimes really rigid, at the end of the day, we understand that it is all done for the betterment of his students. So, we do look forward to welcoming more in this family!