The quadrennial World Children’s Festival (WCF) was kicked off on Tuesday, June 30th at 10 a.m. with an opening ceremony at “The Ellipse” – “President’s Park” – adjacent to The White House. It included the World Children’s Award 2015, which recognizes leaders who have made significant contributions toward empowering children and young people to take a leadership role in their communities.
Following awe-inspiring dance performances by the Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble and Ms. Corrinne Calhoun, International Child Art Foundation (ICAF), the organizer of WCF, announced the World Children’s Award for Akira Foundation.
Hirofumi Yokoi, President and CEO of Akira Foundation, said: “Thank you very much for the warm welcome and it is my great honor to receive the award…” ICAF and its Youth Board recognized Hirofumi for his “support for their world festival and (his) leadership role in Japan in building bridges across cultures, as epitomized by the work of the Akira Foundation and youth exchange programs such as TOMODACHI.”
The other winner was Mr. Frank Furlan, President and CEO of The Swatch Group USA, Inc.
The World Children’s Award is the sole tribute that the world’s children confer on creative leaders and empathic organizations. Instituted at the WCF2007, the children presented the inaugural Award to LEGO for fostering children’s creativity since 1932. At the WCF2011, the children presented the Award to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for putting children’s first in all its investments since 1930.*
*Source: International Child Art Foundation HP