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 19th year in 2022. 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.It started online in 2020.
*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 28,900 students and their parents took part in the program since it began in 2004 through 2021. We opened a remote school in 2020.
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
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. The number of students participating in these programs are roughly 181,200 at approximately 2,364 schools as of 2021. Online classes have also started in 2020, which enable any schools to take part in all over Japan.
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 Ho Chi Min City and Bac Ninh, Ben Tre, Quang Nam, Lang Son, Ha Giang, Dong Nai, Thai Nguyen, Da Nang, Tra Vinh , Binh Thuan, Cao Bang, Thai Bing Provinces and Hai Phong City. As of the end of 2021, approximately 81,000 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. In 2021, the water education project at elementary schools in Ayutthaya, Pathumthani, Nakornpathom Provinces and Bangkok has been launched. Approximately 11,000 persons have participated in the program as of the end of 2021. It is an original program which teaches children about the importance of water, the importance of protecting water resources, and similar matters.
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.
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), Tangerang (Banten Province), Jakarta (the capital city) and Bogor (West Java Province) . Approximately 14,000 persons have participated in the program as of the end of 2021.
As in Vietnam, we teach about the importance of water, healthy water cycle, 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 children's awareness about environment in Indonesia.
In July 2020, Suntory Beverage & Food France established a workshop-based water education program for elementary school students in partnership with Grand Parc Miribel Jonage, a nature park located near its Meyzieu Plant. The program includes content on the role forests have in cultivating water, experiments to show how rainwater becomes underground water, and more. It was developed as part of the partnership Suntory Beverage & Food France began with Grand Parc Miribel Jonage in 2017 for water conservancy.
In China, Suntory China Holdings started Mizuiku program in September 2021, with a total of approximately 4,000 participants at Shanghai in 2021. This program teaches elementary school students the basic knowledge about water and the habit of saving water, through experiments and videos about how nature works with contents tailored to the local situation such as by questioning “where does city water come from and end up in?”
From May 2022, we started Suntory Mizuiku-Education Program for Nature and Water in Spain.
Through the collaboration of our group company Suntory Beverage & Food Spain, a local NPO, and local experts, we implemented an educational program for primary school students in the province of Toledo. The field activities are carried out in the natural environment of the Guajaraz reservoir in the vicinity of Toledo, where the main factory of Suntory Beverage & Food Spain is based and source their water from. The program teaches students the importance of water such as by deepening their understanding on the natural water cycle and how it relates to their daily lives, how to use water responsibly, and the relationship between water and biodiversity, as well as provide training and ideas on how to preserve and improve the quality and quantity of water in the future.