Panasonic Donates 1,020 Solar Lanterns to People of East Nusa Tenggara
March 17, 2015
Jakarta, 26 February 2015 - Panasonic, in cooperation with the Institute of Business and Economic Democracy Foundation (IBEKA) and Kopernik, donates 1,020 solar lanterns to those living in areas with limited electricity in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) province - Sumba island and North Central Timor (TTU) district. Today's donation marks the second of such efforts. In March 2014, Panasonic distributed 1,000 solar lanterns to people in Sabu and Sumba islands. These donations fall under the company's global 100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project which aims to provide 100,000 solar lanterns to address societal challenges in developing areas with limited electrical infrastructure, by 2018, Panasonic's 100th anniversary.
Sumba island and North Central Timor (TTU) district were selected as these areas still experience insufficient and unstable power supply. The solar lantern functions as an off-grid energy solution which doubles up as a light and power source at night, with the added capability to charge small electronic devices such as mobile phones, via a USB port. Through the use of renewable energy, the solar lantern contributes to a reduction in carbon dioxide emission. Currently, many are reliant on kerosene lamps for light.
Ichiro Suganuma, Chief Representative of Panasonic in Indonesia said, "The Panasonic global 100 Thousand Solar Lanterns Project has received positive response from the Indonesian society, particularly those who have benefitted from these solar lanterns to support their daily lives. The lantern is an environmentally-friendly lighting source that seeks to bring light to those living with limited electricity, and enables them to have better access to education, healthcare and security. I hope the solar lanterns will continue to overcome social issues in order to create a better life, a better world for Indonesians."
Through IBEKA, 710 solar lanterns will be donated to those living in Sumba island. 10 of the lanterns were from Gamba Osaka, a Japanese football club sponsored by Panasonic. The official handover ceremony was conducted at the beginning of Panasonic Cup 2015 Friendly Match between Gamba Osaka and Persija Jakarta football club, on 24 January 2015, at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium Jakarta.
The remaining 310 solar lanterns will be donated to North Central Timor via Kopernik. 200 of these lanterns will be given out to 50 clinics in order to facilitate healthcare access for locals. Indonesia also has the honour to receive 110 specially designed solar lantern covers designs gathered from people around the world as part of Panasonic's "Cut Out the Darkness" programme. These lanterns will be distributed to Sone Village,North Central Timor.
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"Zoo of Light" at Donation Ceremony
Japan: Environmental activity for next generation at the Ogasawara Islands - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
July 22, 2014
The "World Heritage Eco Learning Program" started in Japan this year. Over the course of the year, Panasonic will host World Heritage educational activities in six different countries. This report introduces one such activity at the Ogasawara Islands south of Tokyo!
Between June 26 (Thursday) and 28 (Saturday), Panasonic hosted an "Environmental activity for the next generation at the Ogasawara Islands - a UNESCO World Heritage Site". The particular island chosen for the event was Chichi-jima. In collaboration with "Kids Witness News", a video production support program also provided by Panasonic, the activity included a workshop where the children of Ogasawara could record video to send to people all round the world and help protect their World Heritage Site. A total of 43 pupils from Ogasawara Elementary School were joined at the activity by 12 children from the Ogasawara Lions Club, which is taking part in the Kids Witness News Initiative.
On June 26 (Thursday), a ceremony was held to introduce the staff and 12 children from the Ogasawara Lions Club, who will take part in the "Kids Witness News (KWN)" video production support program, to the elementary school children. Ide, the teacher in charge, gave a welcome address. A discussion was then held as to what kind of video to produce during the workshop on June 28, and what to show to the pupils in Vietnam during the video summit.
Panasonic UK hosts Kid's School Workshops at the e-Luminate Festival in Cambridge
March 6, 2014
Panasonic UK, as a part of the Cambridge e-Luminate Festival 2014 held an LED lantern and Hybrid Toy Cars Workshop for local children on the 17th and 19th of February 2014. The workshop is a part of Panasonic's "Kids School" Program, and aims to educate children about sustainable technology by building their own hybrid car and a lantern that uses an LED light.
The e-Luminate festival is a two week long festival that celebrates the collaboration between art and technology. Professional projectors from Panasonic were used to light up several buildings in Cambridge with beautiful pieces of art, such as the famous Senate House and the walls of the Grand Arcade Shopping Mall.
China:World Heritage Eco Learning Program at the ancient city of Lijiang
February 25, 2014
On Feb.10, 2014, "Panasonic World Heritage Eco Learning Program" was successfully carried out in China, at the ancient city of Lijiang which is a UNESCO world Heritage Site. Over 30 students and teachers from Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Guizhou, Hei Longjiang province were invited and gathered together in the beautiful ancient city, as well their parents, volunteers from Osaka International University, representatives from World Heritage Center, Lijiang Ancient Town Management and Maintenance Bureau, and from Science Alliance Network, for a total attendance of 44 people. They spent four days here learning the importance and the greatness of the World Heritage, and making deep communication.
Indonesia: Panasonic Gobel Indonesia welcomes pupils from Jakarta Japanese school to experience the workplace
January 31, 2014
Following a request from Jakarta Japanese School, Panasonic Gobel Indonesia (PGI) welcomed four second-year junior high school pupils in to experience the workplace on January 23, 2014. Over the course of a half-day program, the pupils learned about what it is to work for a manufacturing company.
+Learning about how a manufacturing company works
Following a welcome address from PGI President Hiroyoshi Suga, the pupils were given a tour of the company showroom so they could learn about Panasonic's businesses. They showed particular interest in the latest smart televisions.
Then, the children played a card game designed to teach them about the roles both of PGI itself and of the various people involved in its manufacturing operations.