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The front page of the February 25 edition of the Seikyo Shimbun reported that the Soka International School Malaysia (SISM) will be built in Malaysia. The school’s founder SGI President Daisaku Ikeda presented the school with its founding spirit and mottoes in expressing his felicitations at this wonderful news. The spread of this news caused members nationwide to rejoice greatly.

After a gap of 26 years since the establishment of Tadika Seri Soka (TSS) in 1995, another school – a secondary school this time – that practises the educational ideals of the three founding presidents of the Soka Gakkai will be built in Malaysia. The path of Soka education has further expanded, truly a news that makes us feel happy and fortunate!

SISM will be located in Kayu Ara, an education hub between the state of Selangor and Nilai, Negeri Sembilan, and also close to Seremban. Transportation around this area is convenient.

The school campus is surrounded by a delightful environment and pleasant scenery, while the campus itself will have lush vegetation. The school will have the following facilities: a four- storey administration and teaching facilities block, two three-storey classroom and teaching facilities blocks, one double-storey visitors centre and two five-storey hostels for students and teachers. It also contains wonderful facilities such as a main hall, library, science labs, swimming pool and football field, making for an ideal learning environment.

According to the Seikyo Shimbun report, the SISM is slated to be completed and opened in 2023. It will use English as the instruction medium, and open to enrolment by Malaysian and overseas students. It will adopt the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) curriculum for junior high students and the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma programme for senior high students. Upon graduation, SISM students can apply to universities worldwide to further their studies, including Soka University Japan and Soka University of America.

Upholding the mottoes of “Be a Genuine Learner” and “Be a Global Citizen,” the SISM will strive to foster global citizens who possess wisdom, courage and compassion, contribute to world peace and create value for the happiness of humanity, just as the founder wishes.

To this end, the SISM will recruit qualified academic staff who are passionate about and has deep conviction in humanistic education. These educators will provide quality education that will encourage the students to take ownership of their learning, and employ an innovative curriculum and cocurricular programmes. This will not only hone the students’ characters, but also nurture each student’s unique capacity to learn, grow and create value.

The SISM has recruited Dr Nirmala Krishnan, an experienced educator from India, as its principal. After graduating from the University of Madras, she furthered her studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA. She was also the principal at a renowned international school in India and is an educator with rich experience.

As mentioned in the Seikyo Shimbun, this school is the first international school to bear the name “Soka,” and can be said to be the culmination of President Ikeda’s educational endeavours, after having established Soka schools around the world.

The SISM has a long road ahead, and a great mission beyond our imagination. Let us together cultivate this garden of education with all our might and take part in this once-in-a-lifetime endeavour. Let us ensure that the beautiful blossoms of Soka education will bloom resplendently in our country Malaysia!


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