Fostering Youth Development
Kaneka is active in its efforts to foster youth development in communities where it operates.
We continued supporting learning in elementary schools through the activities of Core-Net, a non-profit organization of retired executives from Kaneka and other companies.
Kaneka Manufacturing Class
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Pro bono activities have been in the spotlight as a new trend in Japan, and these include activities in which professionals from various fields volunteer their knowledge, experience, and skills as a contribution to the community, and Core-Net (Co-operation Program of Retired Executives Network) is one such organization. Its activities include support for elementary school education using know-how from industry to foster youth development.
Continuing from 2014, we offered Kaneka Manufacturing Classes in which participants assembled kits to build Scrollers (a small self-powered rolling robot). The classes were offered in June 2015 at Torikai Nishi Elementary School near the Osaka Plant (94 students in sixth grade), and in October at Takasago Elementary School near the Takasago Plant (72 students in sixth grade).
Kaneka employees, mainly newly hired at the plants, joined the classes to guide and assist the students, and to show them the enjoyment and sense of achievement that can come from creating something. In their questionnaire responses, more than 90% of the students said the class was interesting and they would like to do it again.
In fiscal 2016, we plan to hold the class at a school near our Shiga Plant as well, to continue our efforts to contribute to the community by fostering youth development.
Kaneka employees instructing students
Unveiling the Scroller in the gym