We love the Akira Foundation at the International Child Art Foundation. Our visions are perfectly aligned and our devotion to the next generation is unmatched.
Working together in Japan we are helping nurture children’s creativity so that the next generation can reshape the future and redesign the world, making progress sustainable and peace everlasting. It came as no surprise when the ICAF Youth Board selected the Akira Foundation for the “World Children’s Award 2015.”
We were delighted that Mr. Hirofumi Yokoi came to meet the children at their 5th World Children’s Festival in Washington, D.C. and receive the award from them on June 30, 2015 at The Ellipse, next to The White House. We look forward to working closely with the Akira Foundation for many years to come.
I enrolled in a PhD program at a Japanese national university and had researched the possibility to implement the life skills education programs effective in developing abilities to avoid sexual risk behaviors. Luckily enough, I was awarded an Social Innovation Scholarship (SIS) from Akira Foundation, which helped focus my entire time on conducting literature reviews and field researches for my dissertation.
The past research findings on the preceding topic in and out of Japan show that the status of risk behaviors among youth, reflects individual and environmental factors. In particular, self esteem that manages personal risks represents social and psychological constructs that have been found to underlie multiple risk behaviors.
With this most claimed research result in mind, developing life skills is essential to preventing adolescent and any other types of risky behaviors among youth. Following this proven line of argument, I have conducted with school teachers vairous field research and workshops in the life skill training program related to sexual development and risk behaviors, as well as having been examining the effectivness of the program.
Last, I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to Akira Foundation for kindly providing Social Innovation Scholarship to me. May as many foreign students as possible obtain such support and asssitance as Akira Foundation offers, which helps follow through with their research activities, addressing and solving many of the societal problems.
“What a dilemma we face! Three short centuries of extraordinary human progress have been enabled by our releasing millions of years of ancient sunlight through burning fossil fuels. Unfortunately, this activity has been quietly undermining the very progress it helped to create, while fooling us into believing we could triumph over fundamental physical laws.
With a clear understanding that this development pathway is no longer available to us, humanity is united by the challenge of how to sustain human progress and create flourishing, equitable societies within the hard biophysical boundaries imposed by our home planet. Such global-scale challenges – and opportunities for international collaboration – have no historical precedent.
Given this context, I consider myself immensely privileged to be exploring potential solutions with people and institutions of vision, integrity and courage. Atsufumi and the Akira Foundation fall squarely in this category. I was honoured when Atsu invited me recently to participate in a colloquium on African Urbanisation at Sophia University, Tokyo. Akira Foundation was instrumental in constructing a high-quality event, facilitating a rich exchange of ideas between experts in Japan and the African continent. I am convinced that dialogues of this nature will be essential if we are to succeed in cracking the code for this next phase of human development.”
“Our world is becoming more integrated every day, and people get more opportunities to see each other. Yet, developing new communication networks as such is insufficient to reduce the distance between people. I believe that each of us shall always make a first step toward the other and shall always try to understand his/her interlocutor while respecting his/her values.
I know well Atsufumi, a friend. He and Akira Foundation have set up a thriving environment that allows the people to communicate and exchange ideas in order to share the diversity and richness of their culture to a better world. Our world can only be in peace, if we know each other and talk together.”
“This scholarship not only helps the foreign students financially to fulfill their academic researches, but also accelerates their confidence levels. The Foundation also creates a platform for communication for young academicians from a variety of countries, which is essential for their intellectual development. I’m very honoured to be a part of this Foundation and I wish every success for Akira Foundation.”