Back to listJul 8, 2007

Taiwan Soka Association Students Hold Summer Camps for Elementary Students in Remote Areas

"Soka Joy Summer Camps," educational support programs initiated by the Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) student division, were held again this year in three municipalities located in remote mountainous areas and islands off Taiwan where children are not able to receive a thorough elementary education. Basing their activities on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's call for creating a "society for the sake of education," student division members studying at Chinese Culture University and Fu Jen Catholic University held summer study camps on June 30 and July 1, 2007, at Fengpin and Haituan Elementary Schools, respectively. Those studying at National Chao Tung University hosted camps on July 7-8 at Zhongshan Elementary School in Makung City. At all three camps children studied science, drama and other subjects.

070717tsa_haituan_camp.jpg Haituan Elementary School
070717tsa_fengpin_camp.jpg Fengpin Elementary School

During June and July, TSA and Mr. Ikeda were recognized by many townships and schools for their contributions to education. The mayor of Fengpin Township thanked the TSA students for conducting summer study camps for the past three summers and for inspiring children living in remote areas to cherish their own dreams for the future. The mayor of Haituan commended the TSA youth for their spirit of community service and for serving as role models for youngsters. Makung City also commended the TSA students for providing children with hope, courage and the aspiration to grow up to contribute to society, and Mr. Ikeda for his unflinching dedication to children's education and welfare. Kun Shan Elementary School in Tainan City also praised Mr. Ikeda for his commitment to education and commended TSA for the distinction of being chosen by the Taiwan Interior Ministry as an Excellent Community Organization for 14 consecutive years.

[Adapted from an article in the July 17, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]