To help encourage the next generation to become more aware of the environment, Kao offers school outreach programs and sponsors environmental volunteer opportunities for elementary and middle school teachers.
To help provide children with better skills for living, Kao offers school outreach programs focusing on sanitation, health, and the environment.
In lessons targeted at the lower elementary school grades, children learn the correct way to wash their hands and how to help out with cleaning and other household chores. Through such lessons, Kao hopes to cultivate values such as the importance of hygiene, appreciation for family, and a desire to conserve water.
In courses for the upper elementary school grades, children learn about corporate water-saving initiatives and are encouraged to think about local environmental issues. We aim to introduce new values and inspire students to take action.
Using its resources and strengths, Kao trains employees as speakers for the school outreach programs. Between the initiative’s start in 2009 and 2016, Kao has sent a total of over 6,000 employees to 1,255 schools, reaching around 92,000 students.
School outreach programs run by Kao employees
In collaboration with Earthwatch Japan,* an accredited nonprofit, we offer opportunities for teachers to participate in field research projects outside Japan as environmental volunteers.
Established in 2004, the volunteer program invites 10 elementary and middle school teachers to participate in projects during summer break each year. So far, 138 teachers have participated in 70 different programs.
After working with world-class scientists and returning home to Japan, teachers are able to convey their experiences to their students by incorporating research methods in nature study field trips. Through their teachers’ enthusiasm, students learn the importance of biodiversity and environmental protection. This inspires hopes and dreams for the future.
Teachers participating in the "Wildlife of the Mongolian Steppe" project
*Accredited nonprofit Earthwatch Japan is the Japanese branch of Earthwatch, an NGO established in Boston in 1971. Earthwatch recruits volunteers from the general public and offers them funding and resources to perform field research with world-class scientists.
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