SSA Supports Southeast Asian Youth Exchange and International Day of Peace Visual Arts
On October 11, 2008, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) hosted at its headquarters a pre-departure concert for the 35th Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP).
SSEAYP is an annual Japanese government-sponsored program that brings together about 300 youth from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries and Japan, providing them with opportunities to interact onboard the ship Nippon Maru and at different ports-of-call for 52 days. Some 25 Singapore youth leaders, aged 30 and under, were selected to participate in this year's SSEAYP program between October and December. They are scheduled to visit port cities in six ASEAN countries--Brunei, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Cambodia--and Japan.
SSA was the venue sponsor and provided stage support for the event organized by the participants. Some 500 friends and families of the participants attended, together with guest of honor Teo Ser Luck, senior parliamentary secretary of the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports.
For one month beginning September 19, artwork created by SSA students enrolled at Singapore Management University was shown at an International Day of Peace Visual Arts exhibition. Organized by the university, the event celebrated September 21, UN Day of Peace (IDP). The SSA students created a life-size, free-standing form symbolizing the Chinese calligraphic character "ping," the first of the two characters that make up the word "peace." Their creation of plaster and foam was one of six pieces selected for display based on this year's IDP theme, "Peace and Freedom."
[Adapted from articles in the October 8, 2008, Issue No. 345 and November 12, 2008, Issue No. 350 of the SSA Times, Singapore Soka Association (SSA)]