Back to listFeb 8, 2009

SGI-Brazil Education and Culture Departments Meet Hold Meetings

090312brazil_culture_mtg.jpg Ikeda Philharmonic Orchestra of Humanism performs at BSGI Culture Department meeting

On February 7, 2009, SGI-Brazil (BSGI) Education Department members met at BSGI Peace Auditorium in São Paulo. Representatives reported on literacy education activities and the Makiguchi Education Project. Since 1987, the BSGI Education Department has promoted literacy through its Adult Literacy Education Program that teaches reading and writing to adults unable to complete their primary education. Certified teachers and assistants, all volunteers and members of BSGI, conduct the classes for the adult learners. Those completing the course receive a certificate equivalent to finishing elementary school, approved by either states or cities. The Makiguchi Project, launched in 1994, is a locally developed student-centered educational program that offers creative and experiential learning opportunities for children. Some 270 schools in Brazil have implemented the Makiguchi Project. BSGI Education Department Leader Lucia Takano encouraged everyone to continue to develop their capabilities and contribute further to society.

On February 8, BSGI's Culture Department members, who include academics, artists and health workers, also met at BSGI Ikeda Culture Center in São Paulo. Representatives shared how they had created value in their communities through their respective professions. BSGI's Ikeda Philharmonic Orchestra of Humanism and chorus performed.

[Adapted from an article in the March 12, 2009 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]