December 25, 2009
Henningsen-Ikeda Dialogue Published in Japan
TOKYO, Japan: Ushio Publishing Co. has released Asu o tsukuru kyoiku no seigyo (tentative translation: Shaping the Future: The Sacred Task of Education), a dialogue between Danish educator Hans Henningsen and Daisaku Ikeda. Mr. Henningsen served as principal of Askov Folk High School in Denmark and later chaired the Denmark Association of Teachers' Training Colleges. In their work, the authors examine the educational philosophy of N.F.S. Grundtvig (1783-1872), who believed that education should be available to all citizens over the course of their entire lives, as well as Denmark's unique educational system and the spirit of mentor and disciple.
The authors, who were both born in 1928, first met in Japan in September 2000. The two have also been instrumental in facilitating academic exchanges between Askov Folk High School and Soka University and Soka Junior and Senior High Schools that Mr. Ikeda founded. In 2003, the Askov Folk High School established the Askov-Ikeda Study Group, which Mr. Henningsen chairs, to advance peace and promote humanistic education that enhances both personal responsibility and personal empowerment.
The dialogue was originally serialized by the Japanese women's monthly, Pumpkin, in its March 2007 to May 2008, issues, which Ushio publishes.
[Adapted from an article in the December 25, 2009, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]