Peace and Disarmament

Back to listAug 9, 2006

Luis Beltrán Prieto Figueroa Institute of Education, Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Hosts Exhibition on 20th Century Peacebuilders

Dean Valera (3rd from left at the ribbon) and Professor Silva (4th from the left at the ribbon)

From July 10-21, Luis Beltrán Prieto Figueroa Institute of Education, the Barquisimeto campus of Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador in Venezuela, hosted "Gandhi, King Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace" (GKI), an exhibition introducing three individuals from different cultures and continents and their shared path of profound dedication to promoting human rights and improving the lives of all people. The exhibition included colorful photographs, inspiring quotes and historical information conveying the themes and pivotal principles that were the driving force of these three 20th century peace leaders. Martin Luther King International Chapel Dean Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter of Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, originally commissioned the exhibit, and the chapel sponsored the Venezuelan exhibition.

Students and faculty on guided tour of exhibition

The July 10 opening was attended by faculty and students, including Institute Dean Rafael Valera and Professor Nelson Silva, vice director of Development. Following words by SGI-Venezuela Vice General Director Isamu Kikuchi, Dean Valera affirmed that a person is able to strengthen his or her character by transcending the will to merely seek inner peace as well as communicating and exchanging peace ideals with others. He expressed his belief that the three peace leaders shared this trait. Professor José Giralico said he was moved by the exhibition's message of overcoming violence and creating peace through harmony, tolerance and dialogue, and that he would encourage all his students to see it.

The exhibition drew 3,000 during its 12 day showing.