To promote Human Values through Education & Culture
"The starting point and essence of Soka (value-creating) education is the spirit to treasure each student's individuality so that they can become happy and enjoy a glorious future. Education does not exist for the sake of the nation, for business, or for religion. The aim of Soka education is the happiness of oneself and others, as well as society as a whole, and peace for all humanity."
A Human Relationship
The key element in Soka education is the quality of the relationship between teacher and student--the teacher's sense of care for the student, their efforts to appreciate and develop the unique character and potential of each learner.
Ikeda has characterized this stance as humanistic, humane or people-centered education. As he says, "People are shaped by people. There is no genuine education without earnest life-to-life interaction and inspiration. The teacher's depth of character is crucial in this equation. "The level of culture that teachers have attained in the depths of their lives through their own personal effort is conveyed from one human being to another, from teacher to student.
In a similar vein, Ikeda stresses the importance of trust between teacher and student. Trust cannot be exacted from another person; it must be demonstrated first by oneself toward the other. Addressing Soka educators, he insists, "Whether or not you can establish relationships of trust in the classroom will depend on whether you yourselves can believe in your students. To believe is a virtue, and such virtue is the strongest link between one person and another. A large-hearted person who loves and believes in the students will, without fail, warmly embrace any child.