Why is Panasonic Involved in Eco Learning?
It takes people to create a sustainable society. To do so, adults are responsible for providing opportunities for children to learn and develop, so that they can fully realize their abilities and potential, and grow up to be global sustainability leaders of tomorrow. One of the ways that the Panasonic Group is working to help achieve this is through the Panasonic Kids School Eco Learning Program.
What is Panasonic Eco Learning Program?Panasonic Eco Learning Program (ELP) under Panasonic Kids School started in 2009 in Japan and targets elementary and middle school students around the world by raising awareness about the environment through hands-on experiences about global warming, biodiversity and more, in order to lead to future actions by the younger generation.
This program provides eco education and learning through classroom sessions, factory visits and eco projects for elementary and middle school students around the world.
It is aimed to promote children’s participation in activities to maintain and improve environmental quality.
It provides opportunities where children can experience learning and discovery on subjects relating to the preservation of mother earth.
ELP has now expanded to many countries and regions worldwide. About 19,000 students have participated in Asia Pacific including India, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. Globally 200,000 students have participated. Dedicated to being a Green Innovation Company with a global perspective by making the 'environment' central to all Panasonic’s business activities; this program is part of Panasonic’s corporate citizenship responsibility on eco education in line with the global vision to be the No 1 Eco Innovation Company in the Electrical & Electronics industry by 2018 and target to provide environmental education for two million children by 2018, the 100th anniversary of the company's founding.
How does it work?Panasonic Malaysia introduces Eco Learning Program (ELP) under Panasonic Kids School for government schools in Malaysia in July 2011. The ELP program is a Panasonic Global Standard learning module for environmental education targeting students aged 10 to 12 years and 13 to 15 years.
This program, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, aims to promote eco ideas in school or at home and understanding and experience on environmental issues.
It is designed to help children learn about protection of the environment and sustainability in a fun and entertaining manner with the aim to nurture well rounded students for future human capital of high calibre generation and future leaders. For schools this program would be a good exposure for environmental education which can help to widen the scope of education in schools and science subject that can be disseminated to a larger community of students.
This program involves promotion of eco education through experiential learning modules in classroom conducted by Panasonic staff, ‘eco ideas Factory visit and it also integrates work of art through Eco Picture Diary activities.
Through this program, students not only learn, but they can develop cognitive mind, team work, communication and integration through national and global competitions.
The Five Eco Learning Modules of the ProgramThe Panasonic Kids School Eco Learning Program (ELP) consists of five learning modules that allow students to explore a diverse range of eco ideas. The 1st module on “Global Warming” discusses the mechanisms of climate change and its impact on mother earth
The 2nd module “Biodiversity” teaches about the mechanisms that interconnect all living things.
The 3rd module “Eco Technology” introduces environmental technologies focusing on lifestyles with virtually zero CO2 emissions as part of a development program to learn about Panasonic's environmental technology,
The 4th Module “Manufacturing and Eco Initiatives” looks at the roles and efforts of people in making environmentally-friendly products with a focus on innovation.
The 5th Module “Eco Living” is intended to allow students to consider what they can do in their own lives to help prevent global warming.