Daikin, through its local companies, supports education for youth. By conducting grass-roots activities such as donating financial aid and offering technical courses, we seek to cooperate with and gain the trust of local communities.
Daikin Industries, Ltd., in cooperation with NGO Conservation International (CI), our partner in reforestation activities, has developed an environmental education program called "Circle of Life," to teach elementary school children about biodiversity.
The program focuses on Daikin's reforestation efforts in Indonesia. The lessons keep children interested and eager as they take part in role-playing and other activities that teach them how changes in ecosystems affect their lives and how their lives in Japan are related to the world's environmental problems. The course covers four lessons in the classroom, and schools can request to have extra lessons taught by Daikin employees.
Since April 2010, Daikin has been providing schools all over Japan with free teaching materials. This fiscal year, approximately 1,800 students from 29 schools took part in the program, and 18 of these welcomed Daikin employees to lead the lessons.
In fiscal 2014, for its Circle of Life education program, Daikin received the Award for Excellence at the Career Education Awards sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan.
In support of the Sakai Municipal Board of Education's initiative to implement special classes on science, Daikin employees take on the role of teachers in science experiments in schools. The children conduct actual experiments in which, for example, they see how an air conditioner conveys heat and cools the air, and how an air purifier uses electricity to collect dust. This fiscal year, approximately 1,300 students at 16 elementary schools took part.
Since fiscal 2015, we have been collaborating with Osaka Prefecture University on a program to teach experiment-based science classes at junior high schools in Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture in order to foster the next generation of scientists and engineers. With the aim of giving youngsters the opportunity to think and act with an open mind, Daikin employees take the part of instructors in leading science experiments and students tour Daikin facilities. This fiscal year, we held a lab class on the mechanisms of air purifiers at Osaka Prefecture University, with 22 students taking part.
Following a request from the Kamisu Municipal Board of Education, the Daikin Industries, Ltd. Kashima plant has been conducting educational presentations at local elementary schools since 2010 to get children interested in science. Members of the company's Security Control Department, Chemicals Division, Kashima Plant Manufacturing Department, and Engineering Department take the role of instructors and give upper-class students hands-on lessons.
Daikin brought enough teaching materials and equipment for all students to observe and take part in experiments and thus ensure that each and every student experienced firsthand the joy of science. The program is improved each year by having students write their feelings and opinions following the classes.
This fiscal year, while touching on the environmental contributions by Daikin Industries, Ltd. and the features of products made by the Chemicals Division, nine experiments involving surface tension were conducted, including a Daikin water repellent agent used to scoop up super balls and a cloth that does not get dirty, among other experiences enabling students to learn about Daikin products and the fun of science. This fiscal year 38 children participated.
We open our plants to the community by conducting tours for elementary and junior high school children.
The Yodogawa Plant held factory tours for 139 children from two elementary schools in Settsu City. The program included a tour of the plant premises aboard a microbus, interactive learning about the mechanism and chemical make-up of Daikin's air conditioner technologies, tour of the production line of hydraulic units completed for the first time in half a century, and more interactive learning about the peace of mind of safety shoes at the safety learning center.
At the Shiga Plant, tours were conducted for 118 students from an elementary and junior high school in Kusatsu City. In addition to observing the residential air conditioner manufacturing process, the students observed local flora and fauna in the Shiga Forest located inside the plant and learned about the environment by experiencing the temperature differences between forest and grassland.
At Sakai Plant's Kanaoka Factory, we hosted factory tours for 455 students from four elementary schools in Kita-ku, Sakai City. The students learned about air conditioners and the importance of biodiversity conservation during classes that provided an outline of the Sakai Plant along with the cooling mechanism of air conditioners and the plant's environmental initiatives. In addition, the students viewed the assembly of the outdoor unit of multi-split air conditioners for commercial buildings in order of the processes on the production line and saw up close brazing practice led by a Takumi at the skills training center. The program provided an excellent opportunity to convey the interesting nature of manufacturing.
Events such as science experiments for students and air conditioner disassembly for elementary school students were held. Through hands-on activities such as taking apart air conditioners to see how heat pumps work, participants understand the importance of the environment and what Daikin is doing to protect it. As part of the environmental education, they also heard a weather forecaster give a lecture on preparing for disasters caused by global warming.
This fiscal year, fuha:OSAKA hosted a cumulative total of 849 people at events for disassembling air conditioners. The number of participants increased 164% over the previous year after we increased the number of sessions held. At fuha:TOKYO, 834 people took part in the events for parents and children during summer vacation. In addition, a total of 78 people participated in an environmental education event with a weather presenter as a guest.
Daikin Industries, Ltd. sponsors a program, run by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, to send Japanese high school and university students overseas. By providing this program through scholarships and other means, Daikin Industries, Ltd. is contributing to more opportunities for young Japanese to see the world and grow into global citizens who respect a wide range of values.
In addition, each global base, TIC and the Global Operations Division worked together to provide global internships for around 50 students as part of the comprehensive partnership agreement with the University of Tokyo. Interns from the round-the-world business proposal visited the United States, Europe, Asia and China to present business proposals.
We offer scholarships and take in interns as part of efforts to provide technical school students in emerging countries with better employment opportunities. We also have tours of our worldwide factories to raise interest in technology among local students. Further, Daikin donates air conditioners to technical schools used for instruction in technical training and supports the development of engineers essential for the spread of air conditioning.
For example, at Daikin America, Inc., we support a joint education and internship program with the University of Alabama, Auburn University, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville. In fiscal 2019, 14 students majoring in engineering gained practical experience through this program. In addition, we played a central role throughout our ongoing participation in the joint work program at Calhoun Community College called Excellence in Process Industrial Controls (EPIC) program. At Daikin America, Inc., currently a number of EPIC participants work on the production floor, and in fiscal 2019, two of the first graduates of the EPIC program were hired as permanent employees.
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