Peace and Disarmament
Culture of Peace Exhibition in Dubai
The exhibition "Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World" was held at the Dubai Knowledge Village from November 2-10, 2007. The exhibition was held under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, UN Messenger of Peace and wife of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. It will subsequently be shown in other educational institutions in Dubai.
On November 1, 350 invited guests attended the opening ceremony which featured a musical on the theme of a culture of peace performed by 75 students of Dubai Modern High School. The school co-hosted the exhibition along with SGI-Gulf, the UNICEF Gulf Office, Dubai Knowledge Village, Dubai International Academic City and GEMS schools. The musical tells the story of a troupe of young clowns who are learning their trade and the secrets of life itself.
In a message read at the opening, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda stressed that education is the necessary foundation for building a culture of peace.
Guests of honor included Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Director General for the Dubai Knowledge and Human Development Authority, and Dr. Ayoub Kazim, Executive Director of Dubai Knowledge Village and Dubai International Academy City, who commented in his speech, "In line with the mission of Dubai Knowledge Village to provide the environment for a variety of organizations to create and disseminate knowledge, we are happy to associate with SGI-Gulf, an organization that is committed to promoting human values through education and culture."
SGI-Gulf was created solely for the purpose of holding awareness-raising activities such as exhibitions in the areas of peace, culture, education and environment. It also participates in humanitarian relief efforts in response to natural disasters.
[Adapted from an SGI-Gulf report and an article in the November 21, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of SGI-Gulf]