Annual Peace Proposal

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Dr. Daisaku Ikeda’s Annual Peace Proposal Applauds Youth Climate Action and Promotes Nuclear Weapons Treaty.

“Makiguchi never denied the value of competition within the workings of society, considering a mutual striving for excellence to be an enriching source of energy and creativity. What he found problematic was our tendency to view the world as solely the site of competition for survival, to base our behavior on the assumption that our lives are independent of all others and to remain in denial regarding the effects of such behavior.

The foundation of Makiguchi’s thinking was an awareness that this world is, more than anything, the site of shared living.”

New Book on Global Education and Learning

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Learning about global issues and themes has become an increasingly recognised element of education in many countries around the world. Terms such as global learning, global citizenship and global education can be seen within national education policies and international initiatives led by the UN, UNESCO, European Commission and OECD. The Bloomsbury Handbook of Global Education and Learning brings together the main elements of the debates, provides analysis of policies, and suggests new directions for research in these areas. Written by internationally renowned scholars from Brazil, Canada, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Pakistan, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, UK and the USA, the handbook offers a much needed resource for academics, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners who need a clear picture of global learning.

Integrating Buddhist/Soka Perspectives within the UNESCO-led Discourse and Practice of Global Citizenship Education

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DERC Seminar Series: Dr. Namrata Sharma. Streamed live on May 23, 2019. UCL IOE Media Services.

Integrating Buddhist / Soka Perspectives within the UNESCO-led Discourse and Practice of Global Citizenship Education The UNESCO initiative of global citizenship education is gaining popularity worldwide. At the same time there is a dearth of literature that explores values-based perspectives that can contribute to the intercultural dimension of global citizenship education.

Reflecting on key outcomes from her long-term research and publications, Dr. Sharma shares the example of soka (lit. value-creation) as a concept and a rapidly growing movement of Buddhists who have endorsed several UN initiatives. Through her work Dr. Sharma argues the importance of paying attention to different philosophical understandings and values-based perspectives that can bring forth diverse and creative solutions to global issues. Doing this can also propel people and communities to take part in local, national, regional, and global solutions as engaged citizenry whose values inform their action for positive personal, social and environmental transformation.

Dr. Namrata Sharma is an adjunct professor at the State University of New York and an academic advisor with AlphaPlus consultancy, UK. Her research areas include global citizenship, international and comparative education. She is the author of Value-creating global citizenship education: Engaging Gandhi, Makiguchi, and Ikeda as examples (Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

ANGEL Conference, London, UK, 9-10 May, 2019

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Degree in Value-Creating Education for Global Citizenship Turns 1

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January 2019 marked the one-year anniversary of the master’s degree program in Value-Creating Education for Global Citizenship (VCE). Since its launch, the program has offered seven courses on the educational perspectives and practices of Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, Josei Toda, and Daisaku Ikeda. Below is a summary of these courses. DePaul is now accepting applications for the program. Also, stay tuned for videos for a sneak peek into some of the courses!


VCE 511: Tsunesaburo Makiguchi’s Educational Philosophy and Practice (2) (Winter 2018)

VCE Makiguchi ClassProfessor Gebert giving lecture by the river

Students examine Makiguchi’s key concepts such as value, value creation, and knowing and believing based on his later educational writings, and they explore applications of these concepts in their current contexts and practice.


VCE 520: Josei Toda’s Educational Philosophy and Practice (Winter 2018)

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Students in this course access, discuss, and apply Toda’s educational methods of…

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