Malaysia Hosts Children's Peace Exhibition
Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) held the "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" exhibition at its Wisma Kebudayaan center in Kuala Lumpur from April 14 to 29. The event was part of SGM's Month of Sustainable Development which included community cleanup efforts.
At the opening, Dr. Victor P. Karunan, deputy representative of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Malaysia, spoke about how investment in children is a key strategy to achieve national development goals. He stated, "Wars and conflicts are created and nurtured by adults not children. We need to work with children and young people to strengthen their capacity and role in advocacy for peace and conflict resolution."
Dr. Karunan, together with guests His Excellency Rubén Perez Valdez, Ambassador of Cuba, and his wife Mme. Ileana Garcia Perez, were invited on stage to sing a song together with children as part of the opening ceremony.
Screenings of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's educational animation series for children were held on the weekends of the exhibition period. Children also took part in a variety of educational activities called "Culture of Peace and I" created for all ages.
"Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" was produced by SGI in 2003 to support the United Nations' Culture of Peace initiative.
[Adapted from an article on the Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) website; photos courtesy SGM]