Education Conference Held at Taiwan Soka Association's Center
On January 31, 2010, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) brought together professional educators from Taiwan and China for an educational conference on character building in education. The event, cosponsored by the National Planners' Association and the Peace Angels from Mainland China, was held at TSA's Zhi Shan Culture Center in Taipei. Members of TSA's Educators' Group active in the teaching profession, as well as teachers and principals from Fujian Province, China, attended.
In his opening remarks, TSA General Director Lin Chao quoted the famous Chinese writer, Lu Xun: "To allow the lives of youth to flower, I am willing to offer my flesh and blood as the soil on which they can grow and flourish." He asked that educators from China and Taiwan build a society that places utmost concern on education and encouraged them to meet and hold regular exchanges to enrich one another's teaching experiences.
Zhang Lishuo, a teacher at the Fuzhou Educators' College Elementary School Number 1 in China, shared the school's efforts to inculcate the values of life-long learning and growth in its students by encouraging them to share a deeper and more enriching relationship with their parents and broadening their understanding and love of nature.
Chuang Nien-Ching, a member of TSA's Educators' Group and a teacher at the Shilin High School of Commerce in Taiwan, spoke about the importance of cultivating in students a resilient and refined character. She also stated that she believes the purpose of education is the happiness of each student.
[Adapted from an article in the February 19, 2010, issue of the Harmony Press, Taiwan Soka Association; photo courtesy of Harmony Press]