| In 1998, EEMNS performed the Painting Exchange
Program between Japan and Cuba, and 10,600
pieces of pictures were exchanged. From August
5 to 9 ,1998, an exhibition was held at the
Sapporo Citizens Gallery as a public opening
ceremony , in which about 3,000 pictures
of both Cuban and Japanese students were
exhibited. The ceremony was brightly cerebrated
with a performance of brass bands of Sapporo
City Atsubetsu-kita Primary School and Sapporo
City Minami-Tsukisamu Primary School, with
a large attendance including a Councilor
of Cuban Embassy in Japan and persons concerned
with education. During the exhibition period,
more than 1,100 visitors appreciated the
pictures of both countries. In connection
with the exhibition, we were supported by
many goodwill and consequently were able
to donate a lot of money and commodities
for children in Cuba who are in difficulties.
We thank all who offered their kindness.
As a result of the exchange, the practical
education for international peace became
popular among students, parents, teachers,
educational organizations, municipalities
and other members of a society in both Cuba
and Japan, just like in Spain We have received
many letters of thanks expressing their positive
impression to the significance of the Program.
We are grateful particularly to the Cuban
government ( the Cuban embassy in Japan )
for its kind support and cooperation.