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SGI-UK's Education Division Discusses Humanistic Education

London Ikeda Peace CenterLondon Ikeda Peace Center

The focus of the SGI-UK's Education Division meeting, held at the London Ikeda Peace Center on October 22, was on the many facets of humanistic education, and the steps required for putting it into practice. Nigel Straker from the Education Division presented on the topic as outlined by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, emphasizing that humanistic education is centered on learning about each student, believing in their potential and respecting them as individuals. He also quoted Mr. Ikeda's statement that "the essential spirit of education must be the desire for the happiness of the students."

The afternoon session was led by Roy Leighton, an author and educational advisor to schools both in the UK and elsewhere. He spoke of his efforts to raise global awareness of the value-creating pedagogy pioneered by first president of the Soka Gakkai, Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. Mr. Leighton explored the practical application of such value-creating education and introduced "The Butterfly Model," a values-based framework he has developed which is used in schools and businesses to raise educational standards, create value and support radical and sustainable change.

A discussion session followed where participants reflected on SGI-UK's Education Division and future goals.

[Adapted from an article in the November 16, 2011, issue of the SGI-UK Online News Bulletin; photo courtesy of SGI-UK]