"NEC World Children's Nature Club" environmental education program expanded to reach children in 6 regions
Tokyo, March 19, 2018 - NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) and the KEEP Foundation will host an environmental education program called "NEC World Children's Nature Club" (*1) for three days, March 24th to March 26th, enabling children in Indonesia, Taiwan, China, Japan, the Philippines, and Malaysia to interact with one another using information and communications technology (ICT).
This program is designed to train children's awareness of the natural environment and create a global perspective, and has been held every year since 2008 to investigate the potential of applying ICT to environmental education.
When the program starts, participants in five regions (Indonesia, China, Japan, the Philippines, and Malaysia) will explore hills and fields, carry out cooking, handicrafts, and other projects with natural materials, and engage in a cultural exchange with a conference call using Skype, all with the support of staff from NEC and local organizations in each region. In addition, Taiwanese children will participate alongside Japanese children in Japan.
Akiko Shikimori, General Manager of the Corporate Communications Division and Sustainability Promotion Office at NEC commented as follows. "NEC is promoting environmental education based on its 'NEC Group Principles for Conserving Biodiversity' (*2) established in 2010. Through various environmental programs, NEC is contributing to the achievement of the 'Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)' established in 2015 by 193 United Nations member countries."
The following is an overview of the program.
March 24 (Saturday) - March 26 (Monday), 2018
2. Main sponsors:
Indonesia: Japan Environmental Education Forum (JEEF), Indonesia branch
Taiwan: Kuan-shu Educational Foundation
China: Beijing Tianxiaxi Education Center
Japan: KEEP Foundation
The Philippines: Cordillera Green Network (CGN)
Malaysia: Sabah Forestry Department Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC)
3. Cooperating sponsor:
Malaysia Sabah Wildlife Department, Ministry of the Environment
NEC Indonesia, NEC Taiwan, NEC (China),
NEC Philippines, NEC Corporation of Malaysia
Indonesia: Mount Halimun Salak National Park, Bogor
China: Zhenglan Banner, Xilingol League, Inner Mongolia
The Philippines: TALA Guesthouse, Baguio City
Malaysia: Kundasang, Sabah
Japan: Yamanashi Prefectural Yatsugatake Nature Center
(8240-1 Ishido, Oizumichonishiide, Hokuto, Yamanashi)
52 children ages 10-12 (in Japan, elementary school students in grades 4 to 6)
(10 participants per region, plus 2 Taiwanese participants coming to Japan)
- Common program elements for all regions
The program will be run with nature, play and other cultural and sports elements as themes. Children discover new experiences and feelings through their five senses, share them with participants in other regions through a Skype conference call, and nurture both a local perspective for understanding the unique culture and sport elements of where they live and a global perspective for understanding the environmental differences of other program locations.
- Program within Japan
In Japan, the program is scheduled to include Japanese and Taiwanese children experiencing nature together through activities in Kiyosato and learning about disaster prevention. The learning elements will be led by Mt. Fuji experts and high school students in the Minamisanriku area and will approach the topic from the perspective of "climate change," goal #13 of the SDGs and a high priority theme for NEC's environmental activities.
- Common program elements for all regions
The NEC Group is promoting "social solutions projects" which create social value in the form of safety, peace of mind, efficiency, and fairness on a global scale. By combining the latest cutting-edge ICT and knowledge, NEC is working to achieve an efficient and refined society in which people can live brighter and richer lives.
- *1)NEC World Children's Nature Club
- *2)NEC Group Principles for Conserving Biodiversity
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