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 2018. 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 23,100 students and their parents took part in the program since it began in 2004 through 2017.
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 121,800 students at approximately 1,600 schools as of 2017.
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 the Vietnam Version of the Suntory Mizuiku-Education Program for Nature and Water
With the expansion of Suntory Groups business activities internationally, we started Suntory Mizuiku-Education Program for Nature and Water overseas for the first time in Vietnam from March 2015 with the hope of promoting environmental activities globally.
We developed original education materials in collaboration with international NGOs such as Live and Learn and have been conducting classes since 2015 for third and fourth grade children to learn about the importance of water, sanitary management and the importance of preserving water resources.
From 2017, we started collaboration with the The Central Council of Ho Minh Young Pioneer Organization as well as the Vietnam National Union of Student. We are also expanding teaching classes in each region by dispatching qualified Mizuiku instructors as a summer program. Approximately 14,500 children from Hanoi City, Ho Chi Minh City, Bac Ninh and Ben Tre Provinces have participated in the three years up to 2017.
In addition, we are contributing to the installation of toilets and washrooms at elementary schools to improve sanitary environment of children.
Initiatives in Africa
Suntory is working with the environmental NPO WESSA* in South Africa to support water and education programs at elementary schools. The program teaches the importance of the water that brings life to plants and all other living things in addition to conducting water conservation activities people can use in daily life as well as education about water sanitation.
Suntory is also engaged in support activities to supply clean and safe drinking water to schools through the Kangemi Resource Centre, which supports the lifestyle of residents in Nairobi, Kenya.
*The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa