Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) organized the exhibition, ‘Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World’ in collaboration with the Green Field School, Safdarjung Enclave, at latter’s premises on August 5-6, 2016.
The exhibition that has been shown in many countries over several years, has impactful panels such as ‘The United Nations and the Culture of Peace’, ‘Paths to Peace’, ‘Community’, ‘Disarmament’, ‘Heroes of Peace’, and many more. It brings together the ideas of thousands of people and organizations dedicated to finding a path to lasting peace in daily life.
Ms Mini Khanna, Principal, Green Field School, while inaugurating the exhibition, appreciated the efforts of BSG in the fields of peace, culture and education. The energy and dedication of the student volunteers explaining the exhibition panels was overwhelming and each one made an effort to know about the panel for which they were responsible.
The exhibition was very well received by the visiting students who enthusiastically viewed each panel. Many shared what they have learnt either by participating on visiting the exhibition. Students shared that they feel empowered by learning that even one individual can change the world, by changing one’s immediate environment.
A class seven student, said “I learned that we should consciously try to respect other people. Harmony can we achieved this way.” A lot of students shared that they have decided to write to the president of India, sharing with him about their ideas of spreading peace and happiness. The teachers who accompanied the students for viewing the exhibition, took the theme to their classes and discussed the theme “Peace” with the students.
The responses from the parents were also very encouraging. Few parents even took time to explain some of the panels to their children accompanying them. Many appreciated the initiative taken up by the school and communicated the importance of having such forums as the need of the hour. A visiting parent remarked that after seeing the exhibition he realised how important it is to inculcate these values in young children.
At the end of seeing the exhibition, each visitor was asked to write their remarks on peace-pigeon cut-outs, which were later pasted on huge posters to be given to the school for display.