UE, Soka U SGI Phils. to Tackle Youth Participation on Peace, Environment and Human Rights for Second Ikeda Symposium

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The University of the East (UE), Soka University (SU) and Soka Gakkai International of the Philippines (SGI Phils.) is holding the Second Ikeda Symposium this leap year, with the theme “Mainstreaming Youth Participation in Peace, Human Rights and Environmental Protection.”

The Second Ikeda Symposium, named after SGI founding President and Soka Schools system Founder Daisaku Ikeda, will be held on February 29, 2020 (Saturday), 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Multipurpose Hall of the Dr. Lucio C. Tan Building in UE Caloocan. (The First Ikeda Symposium, which focused on “Harnessing the Values of Peace for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth,” was held on February 24, 2018, at the SGI Phils. Manila International Peace Center in Manila.)

Australian peace scholar Dr. Stuart Rees will be the keynote speaker on peace. The plenary speakers include Dr. Hiroko Inoue Tomioka, Associate Professor of Soka University’s Faculty of Education (on education); Dr. Emma Porio, a Full Professor and past Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the Ateneo de Manila University’s School of Social Sciences (on the environment); Atty. Wilhelm D. Soriano, former Philippine Human Rights Commissioner (on human rights); and Mr. Delfin Villafuerte, the Chair of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) Alumni Community-National Capital Region (for the Symposium’s youth session).

The Second Ikeda Symposium was preceded by an on-the-spot poetry-writing competition held on February 20, 2020, at the Basic Education Department Library in UE Caloocan. The contest was open to all college students nationwide, and the top three entries will win cash prizes and will be read as part of the Symposium.

The Ikeda Symposium creates a great opportunity and venue for discourse in realizing the sustainable development goals (SDGs), as inspired by Dr. Ikeda’s philosophy, values and teachings in line with developing a culture of peace. As Dr. Ikeda had emphasized, a truly peaceful society is one which everyone can maximize their potential to lead fulfilling lives free from threats to their dignity.

For inquiries and further details, please email the Symposium secretariat via ikeda.symposium@ue.edu.ph or call Mr. Clemente Diwas at tel. nos. (+632) 8-367-4572 local 176 or (+632) 8-364-2499 or Mrs. Katherine Guevarra at (+632) 8-367-4572 local 203, within 8 a.m. to 12 noon or within 1 to 5 p.m.

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