Soka Gakkai Educational Counseling Centers
At the counseling center in Yamanashi [© Seikyo Shimbun]
During 2010, more than 7,000 people visited the Soka Gakkai Educational Counseling Centers run by the Soka Gakkai Education Department. Since the establishment of its first center in 1968, more than 360,000 individuals, including students and their parents, have received counseling from trained volunteer counselors.
The centers were started at the suggestion of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, who encouraged Soka Gakkai members involved in education to use their knowledge and experience to support their local communities.
The Soka Gakkai Education Department currently runs 34 such centers throughout Japan, staffed by more than 800 volunteer counselors and teachers who have been trained in psychological and educational counseling. The centers offer free services to any students from kindergarten to high school who may be experiencing problems in their studies or educational environment.