SGI-Uruguay Celebrates Cultural Heritage Day
On October 4 and 5, 2008, Cultural Heritage Day was commemorated at the SGI-Uruguay Culture Center in Montevideo. The Uruguay Ministry of Education and Culture's Commission of National Cultural Heritage hosted the annual occasion during which historic and cultural facilities are free and open to the public throughout Uruguay. This was SGI-Uruguay's first time to participate in the event, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the passing of Uruguayan philosopher and educator Carlos Vaz Ferreira (1872-1958).
The SGI-Uruguay fife-and-drum corps opened the festivities with a performance. SGI-Uruguay General Director Hiroyuki Kaetsu stressed that peace is built through the flourishing of education and culture. A seminar held on the first day focused on education and compared the ideas of Ferreira with the pedagogy of Soka education advocated by first Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, stressing the importance of empowering youth through education. On the second day, participants studied SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's 2008 peace proposal titled “Humanizing Religion, Creating Peace,” and discussed the importance of dialogue based on humanism. Some 200 local residents and SGI members attended the two-day event.
[Adapted from an article in the November 5, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]