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Back to listJan 30, 2007

Public Junior High School in Gran Canaria Island, Spain, Hosts "Seeds of Change" Environment Exhibit

On January 30 and 31, 2007, Instituto de Enseñada de Secundaria Cruz de Piedra in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria Island, Spain, hosted "Seeds of Change--the Earth Charter and Human Potential," an exhibition created by the SGI and the Earth Charter Initiative. Cruz de Piedra, a public school encompassing lower and upper secondary and vocational instruction, held the exhibition as part of a special curriculum commemorating January 30, the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's death, which Spain has designated "The Day of Education for Nonviolence and Peace." Some 500 students viewed the exhibition together with Las Palmas Teachers' Association members.

School Principal Bernardo Delgado Caldéron, who requested the exhibition to coincide with the school's nonviolence education program, stated he was deeply impressed by the SGI's ideals and activities. During the event, participants watched A Quiet Revolution, a film about individuals taking action to protect and heal the environment. Sponsored by the SGI and produced by the Earth Council in collaboration with UN bodies, the film received positive reviews from the audience. On January 30, the school formally commended SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and the SGI in appreciation for the opportunity to host the exhibition.

[Adapted from an article in the February 17, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]