Tzu-Chi’s objective for education is to ‘Inspire Love’ as advised by Master Cheng Yen who said, “Apply the Bodhisattva’s wisdom when educating children, nurture their abilities through parental love”. Tzu-Chi’s unique education program is strengthened by the Four Immeasurables of ‘Compassion, Kindness, Joy and Equanimity’ to achieve its ultimate goal of providing a holistic education. With the aim of purifying the hearts and minds of our young, these Four Immeasurables will develop and enable them to distinguish between good and evil, right and wrong as well as practise the noble values of filial piety and gratitude.Tzu-Chi Kindergarten
Currently, Buddhist Tzu-Chi Merits Society Malaysia have five kindergartens located respectively in Georgetown, Bayan Lepas, Butterworth, Nibong Tebal and Johor Bahru.
A Brief Introduction: Tzu-Chi Kindergarten
No. of students per class : 16 -18 students (4 – 6 years’ old)
Staff per class : 1 teacher, 2 teaching assistants
Time : 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Monday – Friday)
Medium of Instruction : Mandarin
Meals Provided : Vegetarian
Teacher-Parent Interaction : Parent-child interaction booklet
Pedagogical Content : Thematic teaching, Jing-Si Aphorisms, Life skills education, Languages (English & Malay)
Holidays : As specified in Malaysian government school system
Morning Session (9 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.)
Thematic Teaching : 5 major themes and 13 chapters
Language Subjects : Bahasa Malaysia, English
Afternoon Session (4 p.m. – 5 p.m.)
Humanitarian Subjects : Mixed age curriculum, Handmade arts and crafts, Jing-Si Aphorisms, Music, Cooking classes
Tzu-Chi School of Humanitarianism
Master Cheng Yen’s philosophy of education is not only limited to schools. Regardless of age, it also encompasses all disciplines and stages of life in society. Tzu-Chi’s four major missions (Charity, Medicine, Education, and Humanitarianism) and eight footprints (Charity, Medicine, Education, Humanitarianism, Bone Marrow Donation, International Disaster Relief, Community Volunteers, and Environment Protection) are part of a holistic education.
School teachers, involved formally in the development of education in our society, also contribute their efforts to Tzu-Chi’s mission of education through their spirit of compassion and altruism. Consequently, ‘Tzu-Chi Teachers’ Association’ was formed as a platform for mutual consultation on the meaning of education and promotion of Jing-Si Aphorisms based teaching. In collaboration with Tzu-Chi volunteers, a group of loving mothers established a ‘Great Love Mothers’ Class’. This special group of mothers entered schools to tell Great Love stories as well as highlight the simple meanings of Jing-Si Aphorisms. It is hoped that the children will benefit from such activities and learn about values, the virtues of life and how to care for people around them.
To strengthen Tzu-Chi’s education philosophy, the volunteers would also practice its values in their respective professions, industry and discipline. In this way, Tzu-Chi’s humanitarianism will spread not only to schools but also permeate every corner of society with loving kindness. This later became the rationale for establishing Tzu-Chi’s schools of humanitarianism, children achievement classes and teenagers’ classes. Enhancing the bonds between children and parents, it also instills virtue into the mind of every child.
November, 1994 – Establishment of Tzu-Chi University Youths (Tzu-Chi Collegiate Youths) Life Camp
January, 1996 – Tzu-Chi Teachers’ Association formed. This association worked on Tzu-Chi Children Class which began in July the same year. In March, 2003, both Tzu-Chi Children Class and Tzu-Chi Youth Class were merged to officially establish Tzu-Chi School of Humanitarianism
June, 1996 – Tzu-Chi Youth Class led by Tzu-Chi Collegiate Youths
Tzu-Chi Collegiate Youths
‘Tzu Qing’ or Tzu-Chi Collegiate Youths serve to cultivate unlimited Bodhi seeds which will shoulder the mission of helping society and mankind. For the sake of Tzu-Chi and Great Love, these youths have found their value in life. Upon graduation, they vow to spread Tzu-Chi’s spirit around the world. They become Master’s assistants in carrying out her mission for Buddhism and mankind. With a common heart and mission, these energetic youths contribute their selfless love to help those in need, to do voluntary work and even become commissioners. With full conviction, they develop both their careers and spiritual lives.
Tzu-Chi Collegiate Youths organizes Tzu-Chi Youth Camp, Senior Tzu-Chi Youth Study Camp and training camps on an annual basis. Eventually, more Tzu-Chi Youth groups would be established in universities and tertiary institutions.
Taiwan Tzu-Chi University’s Centre for Continuing Education in Penang
Upholding Tzu-Chi’s philosophy of being ‘people-oriented’, the centre cultivates the spirit of purifying human minds and promoting harmony in society as well as the realization of the ‘Four Immeasurables and Respect for Life’ as its principle. In line with the nation’s educational policy of promoting community education in society, the centre will provide society with lifelong learning and education opportunities for students through a curriculum inspired by good thoughts, happy learning and a life of wisdom.
Professionalism & Humanitarianism
All educational programs designed and provided by Tzu-Chi Centre for Continuing Education are infused with the elements of professionalism and humanitarianism. Its curriculum encompasses humanitarianism, art, lifestyle applications, sports / physical well being, ICT and other disciplines.
Participants not only receive technical know-how from the programs but are also influenced by Tzu-Chi’s spirit and human character building.