06 May 2008 SGI Exhibitions Shown in Schools and Public
“I am excited to share the importance of protecting the environment to my juniors,” said Poh Jun Jie from Damai Secondary School, who helped to set up the “Before It Is Too Late” exhibition at East View Primary School. These words echoed the sentiments felt by many students in Damai Secondary School who viewed the exhibition.
For the past few months, SSA has been actively promoting various Soka Gakkai International (SGI) exhibitions in academic institutions and public locations, with the objective of educating people, especially the younger generation on environmental and other pressing world issues.
The clock is ticking as humanity is confronted with the peril of an increasingly degrading ecosystem and proliferation of deadly nuclear weapons, and we must actively seek solutions, centering on respect for the sanctity of life, that will help to lay the foundation for a sustainable and peaceful society.
This message was instilled in the hearts of students at Damai Secondary School and East View Primary School, where they learnt through class assignments relating to the “Before It is Too Late” exhibition. Encouraged by the students’ response, Damai Secondary School also welcomed the “Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World” exhibition, which showcases the outstanding peace-building efforts of 60 individuals for the sake of our progeny, to celebrate International Friendship Week. Furthermore, and likewise with Si Ling Primary School, the school also held the “Sri Lanka Children Arts Exhibition” to celebrate Earth Day, where the students were inspired by the desire for peace underlying the colourful and creative artworks of Sri Lankan children.
In March, “From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit”, an exhibition highlighting the importance of abolition of apocalyptic nuclear weapons was officially opened at the First Youth for Peace Interfaith Symposium held at the Singapore Expo. In the same month, “Dialogue With Nature”, an exhibition on photographs by SGI President Ikeda, made its debut at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), first at the NTU Earthling Club for the Environmental Awareness week and subsequently at the Lee Wee Nam Library from April 12 to May 2. The exhibition was also earlier shown together with the GaiaMania 2008 exhibition put up by the Tanjong Pagar Community Club Youth Group at NTUC Building Auditorium Foyer on March 14.
All in all, some 5,000 people viewed the various SGI exhibitions.