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April 8, 2022

Soka Education Research Centre at University of Guelph-Humber, Canada, Hosts First International Symposium

Soka Education Research Centre Director at University of Guelph-Humber Paul Sherman
Soka Education Research Centre Director Paul Sherman gives greetings

On April 8, 2022, the Soka Education Research Centre on Global Citizenship (SERC-GC) of the University of Guelph-Humber in Canada held its first international symposium exploring global citizenship and Soka education theory and practice. More than 130 participants representing 21 countries came together for the virtual symposium, titled “Operationalizing Value Creating Education Across International Milieu.”

In a message, Daisaku Ikeda remarked that the symposium’s theme “not only lays out for all who yearn for peace a guidepost towards which we should aspire, it also provides us with concrete means to achieve peace.”

Launched in 2017, SERC-GC brings together students and faculty to conduct research on the philosophy, practices and application of Soka (value creation) education, with an emphasis on global citizenship.

Dr. Olivier Urbain, director of the Min-On Music Research Institute gives keynote speech
Dr. Olivier Urbain, director of the Min-On Music Research Institute gives keynote speech

The symposium opened with a welcome from SERC-GC Director and Community Social Services Program Head Dr. Paul Sherman and Soka University of Japan President Masashi Suzuki followed by greetings from University of Guelph-Humber Interim Vice-Provost Dr. George Bragues.

The keynote address, “Multi-Modal Value Creating Education for Global Justice Enactment,” was delivered by Dr. Olivier Urbain, director of the Min-On Music Research Institute. Dr. Urbain described the practice of value creation and its positive impacts, sharing stories of students who applied its principles in their lives.

Researchers and educators from countries around the world, including Kenya, Japan and Canada, and students from Soka University and UofGH shared presentations. Topics included global citizenship education, value creating practices in the teaching and learning environment and student perspectives on models of learning and living.

 [Adapted from an article in the April 15, 2022, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan, and a page on the University of Guelph-Humber website]

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