In an effort to implement Soka Gakkai founder, Tsunesaburo Makiguchi’s philosophy of Soka, or “Value Creating” education, Dr. Ikeda has founded, schools and educational institutions worldwide, giving concrete expression to his conviction that education is humanity’s most important undertaking.
Soka Education is based on a belief in the infinite potential of the individual. Rooted in a profound respect for human life, it seeks to nurture courageous people of wisdom, who can contribute to the realization of a peaceful world. Soka School System has been established in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Brazil. Soka Universities were established in Japan in 1971 and in USA in 2001, with the objective of fostering global citizens.
Encouraging children in MCD schools to read
In collaboration with National Book Trust (NBT), BSG’s Education Division organised a seminar on storytelling, to rekindle a love for books and to reintroduce this traditional, warm, person-to-person method of imparting knowledge. Together with the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), BSG has initiated a library project to create a love for reading among children in MCD schools. Under this project, BSG has set up 144 ‘classroom libraries’ in 10 MCD schools, for classes I to 5.
Picture Books Catalogue
In 2001, BSG’s Education Division compiled a unique catalogue of more than 1,000 picture books for children in 20 Indian languages, titled Picture Books in Indian Languages—A Catalogue, and provided it to schools and libraries nationwide.
For street children and slum children
BSG’s most significant contributions have been in reaching out to the vulnerable and the marginalised. The Youth Peace Committee, in association with the NGOs Disha and Butterflies, took the initiative to improve the lives of street children and slum children. BSG members have also acted as scribes for blind children.