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Back to listMar 31, 2008

SGI-Venezuela Youth Organize Peace Builder Course

SGI-Venezuela member speaks about peace at local school

Since 2003, SGI-Venezuela youth have organized and conducted a Peace Builder Course at various schools and universities in Venezuela. In Naguanagua City, Carabobo, the youth taught the course at four junior and senior high schools between January and March, 2008, in conjunction with the city's education curriculum. Classes were also held at the Central University of Venezuela and several junior and senior high schools in Portuguesa State. Some 2,600 students have attended the program this year.

The Peace Builder Course is designed to enable students to reflect on how they can each become someone who creates peace. Each class runs for approximately 90 minutes. During the lecture, participants learn from SGI youth presenters about the importance of dialogue and respect for diversity through the examples of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's endeavors for peace as well as the SGI's many cultural activities. After the lecture and a video screening, students exchange views on contributing to peace in their daily lives. Student attendees have reported that the course provides an important opportunity to study about the nature of peace itself. One teacher commented that the course is a reminder that dialogue is quintessential for humanity's peaceful coexistence.

[Adapted from an article in the May 20, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]