Daisaku Ikeda Sends Message to Opening of Soka International School Malaysia
On August 24, 2023, Soka International School
Malaysia (SISM), the first international school in the Soka education system,
held its inaugural entrance ceremony, welcoming 112 students from nine
countries and territories.
Located in the city of Seremban on a 50-acre, state-of-the-art
green campus, SISM integrates
junior and senior high school education and uses English as the language of
instruction. It offers the International General Certificate of Secondary
Education (IGCSE) curriculum, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
Program and the Cambridge International A Levels. As a school based on Soka (value-creating)
education philosophy, it is centered on humanistic education and aims to foster
global citizens of wisdom, courage and compassion. The initial intake of
students will study in years 7 to 9.
As the school’s founder, Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message, stating that Malaysia has, over many generations, grown into a multicultural society through its spirit of tolerance. He encouraged the students to support each other as they develop into global citizens in the diverse setting of Malaysia. He emphasized, “The stage is set for you to create new value, playing a role you script for yourselves in which you triumph.” He concluded saying, “May your time at Soka International School Malaysia be the most fruitful of all, your days spent first and foremost in good health, cherishing friendship with your fellow classmates and enjoying every moment in the highest of spirits.”
Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada and Senior
Vice President Yoshiki Tanigawa, who are respectively SISM senior adviser and
senior director, joined local dignitaries from Malaysia and six other countries
at the ceremony.
Michael Kok Fook On, the school’s CEO and chairman, expressed his heartfelt congratulations to the students and thanked the parents for entrusting their children to the school. He remarked, “With deep respect and gratitude, I look forward to you all creating a wonderful tradition, culture and history of SISM” and urged everyone to grow together into genuine learners and global citizens.
School Principal, Dr. Wendy Yee Mei Tien, encouraged
the first cohort of students—the ones who will set the school’s foundation for
future generations, to establish a tradition of excellence and mutual respect.
Highlighting SISM’s rich diversity of cultures, religions and traditions, she
stressed that it is through understanding, patience, and courageous efforts to
appreciate such diversity that students can build a strong and harmonious
network of friendships.
Soka Gakkai Malaysia
General Director Koh Sia Feai expressed his hope that the school would produce an unending stream
of bright, talented young people committed to the creation of a hope-filled
future for all. He encouraged the students to build a school culture with an “ever-progressing
and strong spirit of learning.”
Two incoming student representatives spoke at the ceremony. Dhairya
Khera from India shared, “My determination is to become
a victorious genuine learner and global citizen by giving my best in my
academic endeavors, expanding my knowledge and capability as an SISM pioneer,
and becoming a better human being based on kindness, wisdom, courage and
Jeannie Looi from Malaysia addressed her fellow students, saying, “We
are here not only for ourselves but also to contribute to the happiness of
humanity and strive for world peace. Together, let us support and uplift one
another, celebrating our unique differences and learning from our shared
articles in the August 25, 2023, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]