Children’s Animation Series Airs in Bolivia
On April 6, animated adaptations of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's original children's stories aired on Bolivia's UNIVALLE TV station, which broadcasts in Cochabamba, one of Bolivia's largest cities. The shows will continue to air through July 9.
The twelve stories, including "The Cherry Tree," "The Princess of the Desert Kingdom" and "The Prince and the Coral Sea," have themes incorporating environmental protection, peace, friendship and courage. The animated series will broadcast every Wednesday evening and again every Saturday morning.
On March 2, a ceremony inaugurating the series was held at the Cochabamba City Hall. UNIVALLE Television President Gonzalo Ruiz Ostria shared his hope that Bolivian children would deepen their understanding about values of peace and friendship through watching Mr. Ikeda's animated stories. He also expressed his appreciation for his involvement in a project that contributes to advancing world peace.
Seven of Mr. Ikeda's children's stories were selected for their cultural enrichment by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology. Mr. Ikeda's anime series for children have aired in 25 countries and territories to date.
[Adapted from an article in the April 15, 2011, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of SGI-Bolivia]