Eco Picture Diary Global Contest
December 28, 2010
The awards ceremony was conducted for the Eco Picture Diary Global Contest held by the Panasonic Kids School at the Ariake Studio of the Panasonic Center Tokyo on December 5. This contest was entered by approximately 30,000 children from thirteen countries (Oman, United Arab Emirates, Russia, the Ukraine, Japan, Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, and Chile) who created 21,750 picture diaries detailing the children's own environmental efforts.
The ceremony was in two parts, the first for the Yomiuri Eco Picture Diary Contest, the second for the Eco Relay Picture Diary Global Contest. The global contest featured participants nominated from thirteen countries, including Japan. The occasion had a highly international flavor, and from Panasonic General Manager Ikuji Koseki made a speech, and General Manager Michiko Ogawa and General Manager Suzuki presented the awards. The actress Tomoko Nakajima and writer C.W. Nicol added their presence as judges.
The Grand Prix award was given to Anyali Alejandra Calle Jaramillo, a 12-year-old girl from Panama. Awards of excellence were presented to Dzhamilia El Labban, a 9-year-old girl from Russia, as well as to Anton Lushankin, an 8-year-old girl from The Ukraine, and her 11-year-old brother, Olga Lushankina.
The children's works showed their eco efforts spreading to the people around them, at their schools, or in their families, and described in pictures the use of the Internet and social networking services to gain the cooperation of many people in their work to help protect the Earth. The wonderfully drawn pictures showed the depth of thought of the children toward the future of places where they lived and the Earth itself.
The picture diaries expressed well the earnestness of the children toward ecological concepts from their own point of view. The Panasonic Kids School hopes to expand these activities on an even greater scale and to more countries globally.
Panasonic ECO Relay for sustainable earth
Panasonic Kids school
UK: Citizenship Activities at Panasonic Manufacturing UK
December 28, 2010
Since making the first contact with the school in mid 2007 PMUK has supported the Hollies school in a variety of ways, donations, factory tours, expertise and supplier donations.
The school received the KWN award for their video on communication for the second consecutive year. Due to the difficulty in getting the Hollies school children to the awards ceremony in Derby England we were asked to host the ceremony at PMUK in Cardiff. The TVDC Business unit and DSE Business unit presented the Hollies School with 2 Plasma TV's and a CD player to help the children with their learning activities in the School.
The School playground was decorated with all types of games being painted on the playground floor, including a race track. This was kindly installed by one of the Site Service Contractors who gave their full support to help the School.
Also staff from PMUK and the Welsh Japanese club gave up their time to help refurbish the ECO garden fencing and storage container at the School.
Citizenship Activities at Panasonic Electric Works Europe in Germany
December 2, 2010
86 4th grade pupils of an elementary school in Holzkirchen (Germany) had a special school lesson at Panasonic. Together with a community foundation "energy turnaround Oberland" they made a project week titled "energy".
For a whole week, the children were engaged in topics such as different kinds of energy, energy consumption in electric appliances, methods of energy production and climate change. By making experiments and excursions they could discover the increasing importance of renewable energy
In their last excursion on 12th November 2010, they visited the Panasonic site, where they had a chance to see actual working systems in the area of environment and alternative energies. The Panasonic "solartracker" showed the children the function of an intelligent photovoltaic tracking system for solar units.
By tracking the sun with Panasonic control systems, relays and sensors optimal solar efficiency can be achieved and this power is then fed into the public grid.