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Global: First battery classes held at special schools in Japan and Brazil

The General Affairs Group at Energy Company held a Battery Class for 24 second-year junior high school students at Osaka Shisei Special School on December 6. The company has previously invited students of special schools to take part in factory tours, but this was the first time it actually had visited a school to offer such a lesson.The teachers were highly enthusiastic about the event, with one commenting "The students concentrated harder and showed more interested than they would for a normal lesson. They were very keen to take their work home with them, show their families the batteries they had made, and use them to illuminate miniature light bulbs. Their success and the praise they earned will give them great confidence for the future."

Meanwhile, Panasonic do Brasil Limitada (PANABRAS) also hosted a Battery Class for 22 students at the Fonta da Vida School for the disabled on November 29. In the past, PANABRAS has offered a number of battery classes in Sao Paulo, but this particular activity was the idea of young employees at the Sao Jose factory, who wished to provide a similar opportunity to children with disabilities.The main instructor for the day was Alessandro Ferritti, who works in the Sao Paulo showroom, with a total of nine members of staff taking part. The children cheered excitedly when the miniature light bulbs were illuminated.

Energy Company plans to further its educational activities and contribution to society through continued Battery Classes in future. The General Affairs Group also plans to work with the Dry Battery Business Unit to host Global Battery Classes at overseas sites.

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