Université Laval, Canada, Launches “Makiguchi Teaching Leadership Chair”
Coinciding with November 18, the anniversary of the establishment of the Soka Gakkai in 1930, and honoring founding president and educator Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, Université Laval in Québec, Canada, launched the Makiguchi Teaching Leadership Chair. The department will focus on teacher training in humanistic education centered on professional and disciplinary development as well as an altruistic spirit of care in the teacher-student relationship for fostering independent thinking and empowering the learner.
Professor Serge Talbot, General Director of Undergraduate Programs remarked there are growing concerns about educational practices in North America that lean toward promoting excessive individualism without consideration for empathetic interdependence. He found confluence in Makiguchi’s value-creating pedagogy that gives primary consideration to children’s happiness and their well-rounded development as contributing members of society and wanted to further study and implement Makiguchi’s theories at Laval.
Founded in 1663, Université Laval located in Quebec City, Canada, is the first French-language university in North America and has graduated many and varied talented individuals, including past prime ministers. The university conferred an honorary doctorate of education on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda in 2010.
The new teaching program was introduced on October 23, 2015, at an international conference on education at Université Laval and formally announced later in the month when, Rector Denis Brière and a university delegation visited Soka University in Hachioji, Tokyo.
[Adapted from an article in the November 18, 2014, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]