Panasonic Vietnam, in cooperation with UNESCO’s Office in Hanoi, organized the Eco Learning program on UNESCO World Heritage for students of secondary schools in Hanoi, on 9 and 10 August at the Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long – Hanoi (Thang Long Imperial Citadel). Representatives from the Ministry of Education and Training participated in the program as well as UNESCO’s office in Hanoi, Thang Long Royal Citadel conservation center, over 400 teachers and students of Trung Vuong, Lomonosov, Hai Boi, Dong Hoi secondary schools, and staff from Panasonic Japan Headquarters and Panasonic Vietnam.
During the event, students visited and learnt about the historical and cultural value of the XIth century Thang Long Imperial Citadel as well as the importance of environment protection. Students also participated in an interactive class about UNESCO World Heritage and the Eco Picture Diary Contest, part of the Panasonic Global Eco Learning Program which has been organized internationally to help children around the world express their thoughts about World Heritage sites, solutions to preserve their historical and cultural value and protect our living environment. The program aims at improving the awareness of students on current environmental concerns of our society.
Mr. Naoki Sugiura, Corporate Planning and Brand Promotion Director of Panasonic Vietnam, said that, aiming at becoming the No.1 Green Company in electronic manufacturing industry by 2018, the year celebrating the 100 years of the Group, Panasonic uses innovative technology to produce greener products for a better life, but also to increase the sense of responsibility to protect the environment as a prerequisite for sustainable development.
In partnership with UNESCO and in parallel with the Eco Learning program, Panasonic also conducted a special global program, “Media training for young documentalists”. The program involves training volunteer staff in photography and editing skills using Panasonic equipment to promote global activities of the World Heritage Volunteer program. The program collects data with a view to preserving World Heritage sites and the importance of leaving this behind in the form of visual images for the next generation.
This is the first year the UNESCO World Heritage Eco Learning Program is organized in Vietnam. The UNESCO World Heritage Eco Learning Program was launched by Panasonic in cooperation with UNESCO in June 2011 to raise awareness of the importance of conserving World Heritage from environmental impacts. By participating in the program, global students join in many activities such as sight-seeing and learn about historical and culture values of World Heritage. They also view 3D films of World Heritage sites in other countries, produced with Panasonic cameras. They also have the opportunity to draw and write about their experience and thoughts about World Heritage through the Eco Picture Diary Contest. In 2011, 1700 students in 5 countries enthusiastically participated in the program. At the end of 2012, year of the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, around 3500 students from 10 countries will have participated in the program.