The Daikin Group, through its local companies, supports education for youth. By donating financial aid, offering technical courses, and conducting grass-roots activities, 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. In fiscal 2017, approximately 1,700 students from 26 schools took part in the program, and 14 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. In fiscal 2017, approximately 1,300 students at 13 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. 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. In fiscal 2016, we held classes at fuha:OSAKA for 22 junior high school students on the theme of how air conditioners cool the air.
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 Production Division, and Engineering Division 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.
In fiscal 2017, 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.
We open our plants to the community by conducting tours for the local community association and elementary and junior high school children.
In fiscal 2017, the Yodogawa Plant held factory tours for 117 students of two nearby elementary schools. The students observed the Eco-Cute storage tank line and tried their hand at attaching O-rings.
In addition, an exhibition introducing Daikin technologies through easily understandable displays, including experiments in chemistry (fluoropolymer repellent) and air conditioning (cooling mechanism), was held at the Technology Innovation Center (TIC), which opened in November 2015.
In response to visitors who expressed an interest in exploring the TIC Forest at the entrance of the building, a forest walk and observation tour was conducted.
At the Shiga Plant, tours were conducted for 137 students from an elementary and junior high school in Kusatsu City. In addition to observing the residential air conditioner manufacturing process, elementary school students searched for flora and fauna endemic to the region in the Shiga Forest located inside the plant and learned about the environment by experiencing the temperature differences between forest and grassland. The plant also welcomed visits from six other schools, including a technical college and an overseas university.
Events such as science experiments for junior high school 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.
In fiscal 2017, fuha:TOKYO hosted a cumulative total of 240 people at its events while fuha:OSAKA welcomed 700.
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.
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.
Daikin Europe N.V. supported the construction of a day-care center in Gambia where 181 children attend.
Daikin Airconditioning India Pvt. Ltd. provided support for four public schools in the form of repairs to walls and doors, the installation of potable water facilities, washrooms, and fans, and the provision of desks and chairs.
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