Malaysian Students Learn About "Seeds of Hope"
The SGI exhibition "Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change" was held in three secondary schools in the states of Perak and Selangor, Malaysia, during July 2010.
Jointly initiated by SGI and the Earth Charter International, "Seeds of Hope" stresses the interconnectedness of all life and the importance of caring for one another and the environment. It encourages viewers to overcome feelings of powerlessness and highlights how a single individual can initiate positive change.
The exhibition's first showing was at SMJK Yuk Choy School in Ipoh, Perak, in conjunction with the school's "Parents Day" on July 4. Over 800 viewed the exhibition. At the opening, school Principal Tam Hak Hooi commended Soka Gakkai Malaysia's (SGM) efforts to raise awareness among students about environmental and sustainability issues. SGM Perak representative Lai Soo Ha presented Vice-Principal Ong See Kok with a donation of books to the school's library.
"Seeds of Hope" then traveled to SMJK Poi Lam School in Ipoh, where it was on display from July 12-13. The video "A Quiet Revolution: The Earth Charter and Human Potential," produced by the Earth Council in cooperation with United Nations development and environment programs and supported by SGI, was also shown to students. Over 1,000 participated in the two-day event.
The third school to host "Seeds of Hope" was SMJK Tinggi Kajang in Selangor, where over 1,000 students and teachers viewed the exhibition on July 27.
The exhibition was jointly organized by SGM and the SMJK Tinggi Kajang's Form Six Council. At the event, SGM representatives donated 22 books to the school, which were received by Principal En Nik Mat bin Nik Man and teachers Puan Leela and Puan Fam.
[Adapted from an article in the September 2010 issue of Cosmic Magazine, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM); photos courtesy of SGM]