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City of San Carlos Commends SGI-Bolivia's Contributions to Society

100313bolivia_hr_park.jpg Unveiling of monument and plaque at Central Park

On February 28, 2010, the City of San Carlos, in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, honored both SGI-Bolivia and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda for their contributions to civil society. The award ceremony took place at the city's Central Park. On the same day, Santa Rosa del Sara City Board of Education, in Santa Cruz, officially commended Mr. Ikeda for his contributions to education.

SGI-Bolivia youth members in San Carlos have exerted themselves in various activities that promote environmental awareness, such as park clean-up efforts and tree plantings in the city. The award presented to SGI-Bolivia recognizes these contributions, under the leadership of Mr. Ikeda.

San Carlos Mayor Justa Veliz and San Carlos Municipal Council President Frank Soruco attended the conferral ceremony. SGI-Bolivia General Director Katsuo Takeno accepted the award on Mr. Ikeda's behalf.

A monument with a plaque commending SGI-Bolivia for its contributions to peace, culture and education was also unveiled by Mayor Veliz and Mr. Takeno at the Central Park.

On the same day, the conferral of the education award was presented to Mr. Ikeda by proxy during SGI-Bolivia's Youth Education Seminar held in Santa Rosa del Sara. City School Board Director David Cotrina attended and commented that the seminar, based on Mr. Ikeda's book Discussions on Youth, provides the community's young people with an opportunity to learn about and discuss the humanitarian and value-creating principles Mr. Ikeda expounds.

[Adapted from an article in the March 13, 2010, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]