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On December 12, a new website titled "Treasures of the Heart" featuring animated adaptions of children's stories by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda was launched. The website displays a rotating selection of two or three films that changes every two weeks. The site and the films are available in English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese and Spanish.
The films are set in different countries with hopeful messages about courage, friendship and protecting the environment. They are accompanied by questions seeking to inspire children to discuss the topics and themes presented. There is also an interactive "Fun Stuff" section that features "spot the difference" puzzles and quizzes.
First shown in Japan in 1996, Mr. Ikeda's animated children's stories have been broadcast in 10 different languages in 25 further countries and territories since 2004. They have also been used as educational resources in both India and the Philippines.
Mr. Ikeda says of his children's stories: "It is my earnest wish that my works not only serve to create in children the awareness that their lives are infinitely precious, but that the stories also act as a springboard to enable them to cultivate 'wings of courage and hope.'"
The "Treasures of the Heart" website is at http://treasures-of-heart.com/. Information on the schedule of films can be found under "Online Broadcast Schedule."
[Based on a report from the SGI Office of Public Information]
The Practice of Dignity
by Mitch Bogen, Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning, and Dialogue
Strengthening the Voice of Women at the UN
by Ivy Gabbert, SGI Office for UN Affairs, New York
by Daniele Santi, Italy
The Three Faiths Project--SGI-UK
by Gemma Novis, UK
A Palace of Artistic and Cultural Exchanges--Soka Gakkai Malaysia
by Dinesh Chandren, Malaysia
Learn, Reflect, Empower: SGI and Education for Sustainable Development
by Nobuyuki Asai, Japan