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 15th year in 2019. 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 about Water 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 25,000 students and their parents took part in the program since it began in 2004 through 2018.
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 about Water 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 137,800 students at approximately 1,800 schools as of 2018.
Total number of participants for Teaching about Water 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 about Water for 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 a summer program. Starting in Hanoi City, classes are also taught in Ho Chi Minh City, Bac Ninh City, and Ben Tre City. Since March 2018 we have expanded the program to include Quang Nam Province, Lang Son Province, and Ha Giang Province with approximately 18,000 children participating by the end of 2018.
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 group company Suntory PepsiCo Beverage Thailand and a local NGO, we plan to have approximately 1,100 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, participate in the program. 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 prevented 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.
We started the Indonesia Version of Suntory Mizuiku - Education Program for Nature and Water from July 2019.
Through the collaboration of group company Suntory Garuda, a local foundation, and a local NGO, we plan to have approximately 1,000 children from 14 elementary schools located in Gowa (South Sulawesi Province), Banjarbaru (South Kalimantan Province), Sidoarjo (East Java Province), and Tangerang (Banten Province) participate in the 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.