SGI-UK Educators Gather for Annual Meeting
On October 31, 2009, the annual SGI-UK Education Division meeting was held at the London Ikeda Peace Center. The title of this year's event was "Humanistic Education for a Peaceful Society and the Happiness of Humankind."
Education Division Men's Leader Nigel Straker shared how his life as a teacher had changed through his 25 years of Buddhist practice and support for the Education Division, and based on his efforts to implement SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's philosophy of humanistic education. Education Division Women's Leader Catherine Cinnamon also relayed her experience of learning to care more deeply for each student in her class, based on first Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi's value creation pedagogy.
Throughout the day workshops were held in which participants discussed the Declaration of Education agreed upon at the First World SGI Educators Conference in 1985.
[Adapted from an article in the November 18, 2009, issue of the SGI-UK Online News Bulletin]