Who We Are

Arigatou International recognizes the vital role that religious leaders and their communities can play in fostering healthy environments for children and nurturing values and positive behaviors in their societies.

We bring together people from different religions, cultural backgrounds and regions, as well as organizations working with children and young people in the field of education to foster cooperation to the profound issues that affect children and youth today.

Ethics education that promotes intercultural and interreligious dialogue, understanding and respect can empower children and youth to play a major role in creating a world of greater justice, peace and dignity.

Ethics Education for Children is one of the initiatives of Arigatou International. The others initiatives are the Global Network of Religions for Children, Prayer and Action for Children and Interfaith Initiative to End Child Poverty.

Arigatou International is a non-profit organization which works to bring people from all walks of life together to build a better world for children. Arigatou International is "All for Children," and draws on universal principles of common good to offer compelling new ways for people of diverse religious and cultural backgrounds to come together to address children's issues.

Arigatou International develops and sustains unique multi-stakeholder initiatives designed to ensure that all children are treated with dignity, all children's rights are respected, and all children have the opportunity to freely pursue their full human potential. Involving diverse partners, these initiatives emphasize both grassroots action and international advocacy. Arigatou International has great faith in children, who actively help shape its work. Young people are deeply respected, active partners in every Arigatou International initiative.

In May 2002 at the Special Session on Children at the United Nations General Assembly, Rev. Takeyasu Miyamoto, founder of Arigatou International, proposed the establishment of the Interfaith Council on Ethics Education for Children. In his statement, Rev. Takeyasu stated the need to transcend the differences among religions in order to create a world fit for children.

Arigatou International Geneva office serves as the Secretariat of the Interfaith Council. The purpose of the Secretariat is to manage the Ethics Education Initiative through its enhancement, further development, new resources and partnerships; coordinate the dissemination and resourcing of the Learning to Live Together educational programme; and provide strategic guidance, development, monitoring and evaluation of ethics education training programs, including the development of online learning.