We are implementing Suntory Mizuiku-Education Program for Nature and Water to pass down precious natural environment to the next generation.
Suntory Mizuiku-Education Program for Nature and Water
Suntory Mizuiku-Education Program for Nature and Water celebrates its 17th year in 2020. Suntory Mizuiku-Education Program for Nature and Water is a program unique to Suntory designed for the next generation to realize the beauty of nature and importance of water and the forests that nurture the groundwater and to think about what they can do to ensure there is water in the future. The program centers on two activities: Outdoor School of Forest and Water and Teaching Program at Schools.
*Sponsor: Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, etc.
Outdoor School of Forest and Water
This hands-on nature program geared to elementary school students from grades three through six and their parents or guardians is held in the home regions of (Mineral Water) Suntory Tennensui. Participants experience for themselves the importance of water and of the forests that produce it amid the great outdoors at Hakushu (Yamanashi prefecture), Okudaisen (Tottori prefecture), and Aso (Kumamoto prefecture). Around 27,000 students and their parents took part in the program since it began in 2004 through 2019.
The Outdoor School of Forest and Water staff conduct the program together with expert instructors that play active role locally in environmental education.
Total number of participants at the Suntory Mizuiku - Natural Water Education Program Outdoor School of Forest and Water (total of three schools)
Teaching Program at Schools
We offer study programs for students in grades 4 and 5 in elementary schools together with their teachers. We believe we can make a difference by teaching the cycle and importance of nature through videos and experiments so that together we can pass down water to future generations. These programs have been held in metropolitan areas from Keihanshin, Aichi, Gifu, Yamanashi, where our natural water plant is located, Tottori, and Kumamoto prefectures with the participation of roughly 154,000 students at approximately 2,000 schools as of 2019.
Total number of participants for Teaching Program at Schools
Suntory Mizuiku - Natural Water Education Program Website
The Suntory Mizuiku-Natural Water Education Program website is a place to have fun and learn about water. The website includes detailed information about the Outdoor School of Forest and Water and the Teaching Program at Schools programs in addition to kids pages such as the encyclopedia that brings together independent water research and comprehensive knowledge about water.
Expanding Suntory Mizuiku-Education Program for Nature and Water on a Global Level
With the expansion of Suntory Group's business activities internationally, we have also expanded Suntory Mizuiku - Education Program for Nature and Water overseas with the hope of promoting environmental activities globally.
We started the Vietnam Version of Suntory Mizuiku-Education Program for Nature and Water from March 2015, marking our first Suntory Mizuiku effort overseas.
We developed original education materials in collaboration with international NGOs such as Live and Learn, started collaboration with the Central Council of Ho Minh Young Pioneer Organization as well as the Vietnam National Union of Students from 2017, and have been conducting classes for third and fourth grade children to learn about the importance of water, sanitary management, and the importance of preserving water resources. We are also expanding teaching classes in each region by dispatching qualified Mizuiku instructors as part of a summer program. Starting in Hanoi City, classes are also taught in Quang Nam Province, Lang Son Province, and Ben Tre City. As of the end of 2019, approximately 24,000 children have participated in the program since its inception.
In addition, we are contributing to the installation of toilets and washrooms at elementary schools to improve sanitary environment of children.
This activity was created to contribute to Target 6.B of Sustainable Development Goal 6 "Ensure access to water and sanitation for all."
From July 2019, we started Suntory Mizuiku-Education Program for Nature and Water in Thailand, the second foreign country in addition to Vietnam to serve as a program target location.
Through the collaboration of our group company Suntory PepsiCo Beverage Thailand and a local NGO, we implemented an educational program for fourth, fifth, and sixth grade children from Saraburi Province and Rayong Province, where Suntory PepsiCo Beverage Thailand plants are located, and Chiang Mai Province, which possesses the most water resources in Thailand. Approximately 500 children participated in the program in 2019. It is an original nature experience program which teaches children about the importance of water, the importance of protecting water resources, and similar matters.
In addition, in May we also began a project to prevent sediment based erosion by slowing the currents of streams in northern Chiang Mai Province, installed small weirs to support permeation of underground water, planted trees to prevent soil from flowing into the streams, and carried out other water resource preservation activities which we plan to continue into the future.
We started the Indonesia Version of Suntory Mizuiku-Education Program for Nature and Water in July 2019.
Collaborating with our group company Suntory Garuda, a local foundation, and a local NGO, we implemented an educational program for elementary school children in Gowa (South Sulawesi Province), Banjarbaru (South Kalimantan Province), Sidoarjo (East Java Province), and Tangerang (Banten Province) participate in the program. In 2019, approximately 3,900 students from 61 schools received education through Indonesia's Mizuiku program.
As in Vietnam, we plan to expand classes to teach about the importance of water, sanitary management, and the importance of preserving water resources through an original learning program. The program provides basic knowledge about water, addresses water pollution and how to eliminate it, and explores water preservation efforts that children can contribute to on an individual level. This contributes to improving the environment of children in Indonesia as well as their awareness about sanitation.