The University of Nairobi, in Kenya, hosted its second international conference on value-creating education on October 23-25, 2019. Focused on themes of value-creating education relative to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and critical thinking in a global world, the conference was attended by educators, researchers, students, UN officials and citizens from 12 countries across five continents. Presentation topics included value-creating education, sustainability, literature and the performing arts, academic writing and critical thinking, and transformational leadership in value creating education.

Conference Participants

Jason Goulah, director of the DePaul University Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education, was invited to give a keynote at the conference.  Titled “Creating Value in the ‘Multipolar’ World: Daisaku Ikeda, Ningen Kyoiku and the SDGs,” Goulah’s keynote focused on Daisaku Ikeda’s perspective of ningen kyoiku, or “human education,” and global citizenship relative to value-creating education in the context of rising global nationalisms and the SDGs.


Jason Goulah giving a keynote lecture

Institute doctoral research fellows Nozomi Inukai and Ritsuko Rita, as well as DePaul faculty Melissa Bradford and three DePaul doctoral students also presented papers at the conference. (The conference overview and program can be viewed here.)

Conference participants from DePaul University

Presentations and exchanges over the three days highlighted the diverse applications of and growing international interest in value-creating education. A number of participants expressed the timeliness and importance of DePaul’s online master’s and credential programs in Value-Creating Education for Global Citizenship.