Hong Kong Soka Kindergarten Rated "Excellent" by Education and Manpower Bureau
Hong Kong Soka Kindergarten (HKSK) received an "excellent" rating for 2005-06 from the Education and Manpower Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in recognition of the school's high-quality education, teachers and staff. Bureau inspectors in charge of assessing the quality assurance of kindergartens noted that HKSK provides an ideal learning environment, manifests strong teamwork among its teaching staff, demonstrates dedication to pupils' happiness and takes initiative to improve the curriculum and learning environment.
Since Hong Kong introduced an education voucher scheme for pre-school education, parents now can choose from a broader range of kindergartens for their children. The bureau inspected 35 Hong Kong kindergartens during the last two years and issued a report of their findings for parents and guardians to use as a guide in selecting schools. HKSK was rated as of one of the four top kindergartens among those inspected to date, with high marks for its quality of education and care for students' mental health and well-being.
The bureau report evaluated each kindergarten in the areas of management and organization; learning and teaching; and support of children and school culture. The evaluation also provided detailed comments on matters such as appropriateness of class assignments and student safety. The report describes HKSK as constantly striving toward betterment through continual self-assessment and improvement as well as emphasizing humanistic education in developing its curriculum. The 2005-06 report, available from the Education and Manpower Bureau, was also featured in an article in Mingpao, a Hong Kong daily.
HKSK Principal Wong So Yuk said she was delighted by the assessment and hoped to spread understanding of Soka Education in Hong Kong society, expressing appreciation to founder Daisaku Ikeda for his constant encouragement to the faculty and students.
[Adapted from an article in the March 24, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]