June 16, 2007
Public Libraries in Singapore Screen Animation Adapted from Daisaku Ikeda's Children's Stories
The Bukit Merah and Bukit Batok Community Libraries in Singapore screened The Winds of Victory, an animated film about friendship, teamwork and sportsmanship, based on a children's story by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, on May 19 and June 16, 2007, respectively. The protagonist of the animation, Kenji Saito, is a star soccer player who competes aggressively to stay on top. Kenji's greatest challenge, however, lies in realizing his own shortcomings. He eventually learns the value of teamwork and the true spirit of sports through a good friend. Some 50 children and their parents attended each screening, which included a question-and-answer session with the children following the video, conducted by educators belonging to the Singapore Soka Association (SSA) Education Program.
Librarian Zulkifli Amin of the Bukit Merah Community Library said, "I feel the animation has helped children to reflect on good values at an early age."
Lim Wen Hui, who participated with her father, shared, "I liked the video very much. I learned a lot from Kenji, and I admire his courage a lot, especially when he decided to apologize to Yuta after hurting him."
[Adapted from an article in the July 4, 2007, issue of the SSA Times, SSA; photo courtesy of SSA]