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Environmental Classes for School Children by Kyocera Group Employees
Kyocera Corporation (President: Makoto Kawamura) announced that it is offering environmental classes to elementary school children as part of its social contribution activities for the purpose of enhancing the children’s interest in environmental and energy issues, and for fostering an eco-friendly attitude.
Kyocera Corporation’s Solar Energy Division took the initiative in offering environmental classes starting in 2002, which have since been provided in approximately 60 elementary schools around Japan. The lessons have so far been successful in conveying their message of encouraging environmental awareness to over 4,700 children. Kyocera announced that in its seventh year it will expand the scale of the program, and improve its approach and content. Kyocera Group Environmental Classes will continue in 2008, with classes to be held in 120 schools this year in the regions around the Kyocera Group’s 25 sites across Japan, including the company’s plants, offices, and subsidiaries. Kyocera is planning to provide the classes to 240 schools in 2009 and 500 schools by March 2011.
Kyocera Group Environmental Classes have a unique characteristic; the lessons are taught by the company’s employees who have been trained as lecturers at an in-house training program. A three-day Kyocera Group Environmental Classes Instructor Training Course has been set up where employees learn the aim and significance of the environmental classes, as well as how to speak, behave, and carry out the lessons. The employees of Kyocera Group appointed as instructors give the lessons in teams of two. Forty-eight employees were appointed as instructors for last year.
Kyocera will train new instructors at each site every year and is planning to train 150 lecturers in total within the group by March 2011.
Each lesson is scheduled to last 90 to 100 minutes and will consist of three basic sections; (1) Environmental Issues, (2) Solar Cells and, (3) Experimenting with Solar Cells. Experiment kits and toys incorporate solar cells so that students can experience hands-on how solar cells work. Although the basic pattern of the lessons has been set, the exact content can be decided after consultation according to the preferences of the individual schools.
Some of the comments made by children who have participated in the classes include, “I learned how important electricity is,” “I’ve started to think about what I can do for the planet,” and “I want solar cells to be used all over the planet.” These messages are treasured by the company.
Kyocera Corporation believes that it is important to continue such educational programs and it is determined to create more opportunities for children to learn to care about their planet.