Smriti Kak

NEW DELHI: A series of animated films to educate and entertain children will be telecast on National Geographic Channel beginning this Saturday. The series of 14 films with exceptional 2-D animation and meaningful storylines will be premiered on Nat Geo and telecast once a week at 4 p.m.

The films are based on widely read and acclaimed stories penned by Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, the president of Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist organisation.

Interwoven with beautiful animation and stunning detail, the values of friendship, bonding, true spirit of sport, sharing of inspiration and camaraderie are all addressed in the films.

The stories are aimed at touching the spirit and the heart and serve as a reminder of the beauty of our existence. The films will also address the issues of our relationship with the environment, people and animals alike.

Soka Gakkai International is an organisation that takes active initiatives in a large spectrum of areas concerning human welfare and specifically focuses its efforts in the fields of peace, culture and education.

Future leaders

Dr. Ikeda, who has always believed in children being the future leaders of humanity, treated them as adults and said they should not be treated as "less complete" just because they are young.

Dr. Ikeda has founded several educational institutions such as the Soka Schools and his stories have been translated into numerous languages.

The noted British illustrator of children's literature, Brian Wildsmith, is credited with introducing the stories to the world outside Japan.