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Daisaku Ikeda, Founder of the Soka Schools

Nurturing self-reliant human beings who create value in their own lives as well as in society

The key purpose of education is to develop the potential within each person. It can also be characterized as the work of fostering the next generation. The objective of Soka (value-creating) education is to develop the humanity of each individual. It approaches the work of education from the standpoint of absolute respect for the dignity of life and aims at raising self-reliant human beings who can create value in their own lives and in society.

The Soka educational philosophy was developed by Tsunesaburo Makiguchi (1871-1944) and Josei Toda (1900-58), reformist educators who, in 1930, founded the Value Creating Education Society (Soka Kyoiku Gakkai), the forerunner of today’s Soka Gakkai. Their education philosophy is today being put into practice through the efforts of the founder of the Soka education system, Daisaku Ikeda.

Soka education hopes to foster alumni who will always work for global peace and generate a powerful current of hope in the world.

Daisaku Ikeda, Founder of the Soka Schools

Daisaku Ikeda, honorary president of the Soka Gakkai and president of the Soka Gakkai International, was born in Tokyo on January 2, 1928, and graduated from Fuji Junior College. In addition to the Soka schools, Ikeda has founded numerous other institutions, including the Min-On Concert Association, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy and the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research. Through such institutions and his various activities, he aims to promote peace, culture and education and to encourage dialogue among educational, cultural and political leaders around the world.

Recognition of Ikeda’s efforts has come in the form of many awards, such as the UN Peace Award and the title of Poet Laureate from the World Academy of Arts and Culture. He has also received honorary doctorates and professorships from universities and academic institutes around the world. Ikeda’s many published works include The Human Revolution (12 volumes) and dialogues such as Choose Life: A Dialogue with Arnold J. Toynbee.