I am also a father of 2 (4-year-old & 2-year-old) and work closely with my wife in parenting our children. It has been quite challenging for us as working parents during Covid-19 especially both me and my wife are educator, we face many challenges throughout the day from managing our teaching remotely – helping our students with online class to taking care our kids and paying attention to our physical and mental health. It has been a tough but fulfilling 2 years (2020 & 2021) as I was really trying my very best to be presence and spend quality time with my family while juggling with my work and activities in Soka Gakkai.
Why Do I Want To Do This Course or Undertake This Learning Journey?
12 years ago, I hit rock bottom in my life. My family problems; sickness; career and finance issues blinded me from my future. I felt powerless about life, there was no point in carrying on and it prompted me with thoughts of committing suicide.
My encounter with Soka Gakkai International has transformed my value towards life. From a person who chases after dreams of making money, getting richer and being materialistic, I started to look at how I can create value in my life (regardless how long or short it may be). I have sailed through my struggles while walking on the journey of value creation. And It has been a fulfilling one.
The transformation had also made me change my career path from the sales world to education field. Being an educator, I have been working with high school students for the past 10 years by teaching them Mathematics. However, deep inside my heart, I am always thinking about ways to nurture kids to have more compassion and care about others in the world rather than just their own academic results. It has been a tough journey when I’m aware about the changes that should be done in school but the environment and circumstances does not really allow it to happen.
Lately I had an opportunity to be in the pioneer team to build the first ever International School to implement the Soka education system, which emphasises on humanistic education. Being part of the pioneer team, I have the opportunity to build the school from a blank canvas. I am excited and anxious at the same time. Excited because I can make the changes that could not been done previously, but anxious that I am not enough to help make a big difference.
As what French moralist and essayist said, “To teach is to learn twice over.” This Conscience and Compassion Course came right on time for me to grow myself to be better before I can start to contribute as much as I can. I feel very excited and ready for the first segment of the program which involves self-exploration as I know there’s still so much potential within me that have yet to be realised. In addition, I am really looking forward to the other segment (Project for Public Good) where it’s aligned with one of my school’s core values which is to engage with the inter-connectedness/eco-wisdom of Nature. I strongly believe that this great exposure will definitely enhance my experience in implementing ‘project based learning’ in the school.