Cultivating Humanistic Culture Through Education
The World of Tzu Chi | May 12, 2017 by National Headquarters
Creating a harmonious humanistic society requires the participation of every citizen, and the foundation for the requisite moral values begins in youth. Our schools and programs enhance moral development through character education, provide high-quality academic instruction, as well as offer aid to underprivileged students. In these ways, we help pave the way for their brighter future, and nurture their compassion for others.
The first Tzu Chi Great Love Preschool opened in Monrovia, California in 2006, another followed in Dallas, Texas in 2008, the third in Walnut, California in 2013, and the most recent one was founded in Houston, Texas in 2014. Our preschools provide a nurturing environment based on the principles of gratitude, respect, and love, within which high-quality academic instruction in both English and Mandarin Chinese takes place.
We have been partnering with schools in low-income communities across the U.S. since 2006, to provide a curriculum focused on fostering virtues such as respect and tolerance, responsibility and filial piety, gratitude and contentment, giving and compassion, courage and emotional control.
The number of public school students served by these programs is growing, from just 182 in 2013 to 1,253 by 2015.
For underprivileged children in elementary school, we know that every moment of attention or material aid provided can have a huge impact at their age, transforming sadness into hope in the future.
Our Happy Campus program provides after-school tutoring, weekend food backpacks, distributions of school supplies, and more. To date, students at 33 schools across 10 states have felt our love.
Tzu Chi USA also provides need-based scholarship awards to college-bound high school graduates and returning undergrads, favoring applicants with community-minded goals. Just in 2015, 359 students benefitted from such aid, our scholarships totaling $208,955.
Inmates are a population that can be easily neglected, yet they deserve spiritual support as much as every other human being. Our efforts on behalf of inmates in U.S. prisons began in 2013, when one of our volunteers had the idea of donating Jing Si Aphorisms and Tzu Chi USA Journals to prisons. Today, there is a profound and ongoing personal contact and exchange of written communication between Tzu Chi volunteers and inmates across America.