After earning the Goi Peace Foundation's award in Tokyo, Princess Lalla Hasna received an honorary doctorate from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan.
Rabat – Princess Lalla Hasna, King Mohammed VI’s sister, as chairwoman of the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environment Protection, received the sustainable development doctorate.
In a ceremony at the university campus in Kyoto, the princess expressed pride in the honorary degree granted for her efforts for the environment and sustainable development.
As chairwoman of the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environment Protection, Lalla Hasna has launched several educational programs concerning sustainable development, coastal management, sustainable tourism, and a program to develop the Marrakech palm grove.
The honorary degree symbolizes a future cooperation between the Japanese university and the Moroccan foundation in development and education.
Moroccan and Japanese personalities attended the ceremony, including the university president, Mikio Yoshida, who accentuated the princess’s “outstanding contributions” to sustainable development.
Following the ceremony, Lalla Hasna visited the Ritsumeikan Elementary School in Kyoto which says it “fosters the learning and development of individual talents in order to nurture just and ethical global citizens.”
The princess also visited the school library, home to 37,000 books, and the robotic lab.
Last week, in line with her visit to Japan, the Goi Peace Foundation honored the princess with the Goi Peace International Award, which it gives to individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions toward the realization of a peaceful and harmonious world in their fields.
Princess Lalla Hasna received the 2018 award for her lifelong commitment to environmental protection.
The Goi Peace Foundation has awarded its international prize every year since 2000 to prominent figures such as Mikhail Gorbachev, Bill Gates, Oscar Arias Sanchez, and environmentalist Lester Brown.
While in Tokyo, Lalla Hasna met Japan’s crown prince, Naruhito. She also visited the Omori High School, associated with UNESCO.
The school welcomed the Moroccan princess by organizing student performances rooted in the Japanese culture, displaying martial arts, dance, and calligraphy.
Education is the main driver behind Lalla Hasna’s visit to Japan. The princess met with Japanese Minister of Education Masahiko Shibayama. The pair discussed how to develop Morocco’s education, especially the learning materials and methods in Moroccan schools.
The meeting discussed agreements on student and teacher exchange programs between the two countries. The meeting’s objective was to enable Morocco to learn from the Japanese education model, and the representatives discussed the possibilities of cooperation on technological tools for education, such as computer applications and games.