SGI-Hong Kong Hosts Education Symposium on Early Childhood Education and Parents' Role
On October 21, 2006, the SGI-Hong Kong Culture Center hosted an education symposium organized by the Hong Kong Institute of Education's Department of Early Childhood Education (DECE) and sponsored by the Quality Education Fund. DECE researchers Zi Juan Cheng and Wong So Yuk, also Hong Kong Soka Kindergarten principal, spoke on DECE's project, "Preschool Arithmetic: Implementation and Diversity." Ms. Cheng and Ms. Wong outlined the project's impact on preschool arithmetic education in Hong Kong with its emphasis on training teachers, developing new curriculum, and raising the consciousness of parents and teachers regarding preschool arithmetic.
On the following day, SGI-Hong Kong's Education Division held a conference on "Various Aspects of Education in Hong Kong," also at the Hong Kong Culture Centre. Fifteen Education Division members reported on their research on aspects of education in Hong Kong. Naomi Lam, Hong Kong Soka Kindergarten's administrator, shared what she had learned from studying overseas and education psychologist Fritz Pang reflected on studies about the role parents play in a child's education, and how different approaches to problem solving can affect a child's growth. Mr. Pang also touched on the education philosophy of first Soka Gakkai President and educator Tsunesaburo Makiguchi with its emphasis on the creation of value. The conference ended with a question-and-answer session chaired by Education Division leader Law Ying Choi.
[Adapted from an article in the November 22, 2006 issue of Li Ming Sheng Bao, SGI-Hong Kong]