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. In fiscal 2020, approximately 700 students from eight schools took part in the program. Lessons taught by Daikin employees were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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. The event was not held in fiscal 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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. The event was not held in fiscal 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
The event was not held in fiscal 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We open our plants to the community by conducting tours for elementary and junior high school children.
The Yodogawa Plant did not host any factory tours in fiscal 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a substitute, we hosted an interactive lecture via remote meetings to continue to provide opportunities for children to learn about Daikin, jobs, and work. We solicited response from students to questions such as "things you are wondering about," and "things you'd like to ask the employees," in advance and received 198 questions from 52 students. On the day of the lecture, we connected online the Yodogawa Plant with the school and answered questions such as "I'd like to see the interior of an air conditioner unit," "I'd like to know about the greatness of fluorine," "why do workers wear uniforms," "reason for starting the Bon dance festival," and "why are you cleaning the water canal," using animation and slides. This not only enhanced the interest in our business and products, but also gave a real sense of the interest and enthusiasm in community interaction. The lecture was garnered a great response from the students as they showed excitement to the responses with shouts and cheers.
At the Shiga Plant, tours were conducted for 545 students from six elementary schools in and around Kusatsu City in fiscal 2020 with strict adherence to social distancing, sanitization and ventilation. In addition to observing the residential air conditioner manufacturing process, the students also learned about the environment in a sit-down lecture.
No events were held at the Rinkai Factory of Sakai Plant or Kashima Plant in fiscal 2020.
Events such as science experiments for students and air conditioner disassembly for elementary school students are 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, we also host lectures by a weather forecaster on preparing for disasters caused by global warming.
The event at Fuha was not held in fiscal 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, we launched an online event seminar for participation using the website. In January 2021, we hosted a webinar for CLUBDAIKIN members on the theme of "Great ventilation method in winter: residential edition," which saw approximately 200 participants.
At Daikin Industries, Ltd., each global base, TIC and the Global Operations Division work together to provide global internships for students as part of the comprehensive partnership agreement with the University of Tokyo. Around 50 students took part in fiscal 2019, the first year of the program. Around 22 bases partook in the internship program.
In fiscal 2020, due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we did not dispatch any students overseas. As a replacement program, we hosted the Global Workshop, which enabled students to virtually interact with Daikin employees around the world online. The event was participated by over 100 students.
These programs will be continued from fiscal 2021 onward.
In addition, Daikin 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.
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 2020, nine 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 six EPIC participants work on the production floor.
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