Soka Gakkai President Meets United Nations Children's Rights Committee Chair
On October 12, Soka Gakkai President Einosuke Akiya met with Professor Jacob E. Doek, chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), at the Josei Toda International Center in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. CRC, a committee of international experts in the field of human rights, was established in 1991 to monitor state implementation of the Convention on the Right of the Child. Governments that ratify the Convention must submit regular, detailed reports on their national children's rights situation to the Committee for examination.
At the meeting, Mr. Akiya introduced first Soka Gakkai president and educator Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, who firmly believed that the purpose of education is children's happiness, in spite of the nationalistic education promulgated by the then Japanese military government. Mr. Akiya also stated that Soka Gakkai has been engaged in various grassroots activities to raise people's awareness of peace and human rights. Professor Doek stated that education is the key for children's healthy development and stressed the importance of education that enables children to experience the joy of learning. He concurred with the SGI's peace ideals and appreciated its human rights activities, including the Soka Gakkai Women's Peace Committee's "What're Children's Rights?" exhibition.