Life Education Center

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Our life education emphasizes love and the common values of life in different religions. Our program of life education does not come from nowhere but is developed from exhibitions of MWR. Therefore, both of them should be taken into consideration.

The above is a comment on MWR’s educational promotion by Mr. Pao-teh Han, the first and honorary curator of MWR. Just like what Mr. Han said, educational promotion of MWR is based on its exhibitions and developed from subjects such as life journey and world religions. Its aim is to explain difficult exhibit contents in simple ways to audience of all ages. The main theme of MWR’s exhibition is “religion,” which is closely related to various subjects of life education in school. Therefore, MWR’s initial outreach to campus is defined the theme of “life education,” an important subject of teaching.

MWR’s Hall of Life’s Journey becomes the best spot of situational teaching for life education. In 2003, MWR launched a new program “life education for 365 days” and signed with various schools. Teachers and students were able to take tours to the Museum on any day of a year to learn about life education. At the same time, the Museum was open to applications of free teacher workshop on daily basis. The purpose is to increase teachers’ knowledge about the Museum and to provide them with multiple methods of teaching to complement on insufficient part of life education in schools. 

MWR has edited two teaching handbooks: Garden of Life and Five Stages of Life. Garden of Life integrated teaching units in textbooks and exhibit content of the Museum. It showed teachers how to incorporate exhibit content into their teachings. Five Stages of Life introduced the Hall of Life’s Journey and meanings and values of different life stages expressed by religious rituals. Groups such as “life navigators” and “school agents” were also formed. Teacher members discussed student’s learning methods and teaching contents with the Museum’s educational promotion staff, and they were continually provided with teaching resources about life education.  

The main hall on the sixth floor of the museum is the "Hall of Life Journey", where we are in praise of several major life stages in the human existence, and the role of religious traditions plays in the transition stages.  Therefore, it is very natural that the museum's mission of education is set in life education, which also responses to the urgent need for the times.  Every religion because of its different cultural backgrounds, it has different rituals representing different points of view on each life stage, but it is nothing more than joyful acceptance, sincere respect, heartfelt cherish, delightful appreciation, and serene transcendence.  If we can understand and practice it, then life can be settled.  The life education is a long way, the tasks that can be achieved by the museum are very limited, but this is our first step.  We hope that in the coming years, we can have more contribution on life education and furthermore provide more teaching resources for school teachers.