Panama Education Ministry Commends SGI President for Educational Contributions
The National Department of Private Education, Ministry of Education, Panama, recently commended SGI President Daisaku Ikeda for his educational contributions. The conferral took place on February 17, 2006, at Antigua Bilingual Academy in Panama City, during a seminar on Soka Education and the pedagogy of first Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, hosted by Panama Education Ministry and SGI-Panama.
In 1999, SGI-Panama educators initiated their own Makiguchi Project, based on a research program instituted by SGI-Brazil educators, to implement Makiguchi's pedagogy in Brazilian schools. The project involves students in growing and harvesting crops with their parents and in making handicrafts with recycled materials so that they learn how to cooperate and develop a heightened awareness of environmental issues. Each student's interests and potential are taken into consideration. The Panamanian government has also shown interest in Soka Education and since 2000 has sponsored seminars on humanistic education through the Ministry of Education of Panama, in cooperation with SGI-Panama. Dr. Ilka A. de Torres, director of the national department of private education, presented a certificate to SGI-Panama Education Division Chief Maritza Mosquera de Sumich, who received it on Mr. Ikeda's behalf.