Major Programs under Key Community Engagement Activity Themes
In fiscal 2012, Fuji Xerox selected two key themes for its community engagement activities: education for future generations and conservation of diminishing cultures and information. Under these themes, we are working on projects identified as our main companywide community engagement programs, i.e., offering learning materials in emerging countries and reproducing historical documents.
1.Education for Future Generations
Offering Learning Materials in Emerging Countries
In the Asia-Pacific region in which Fuji Xerox operates, there are many children without sufficient access to primary education. This project aims to help resolve educational disparity among children in the region by offering learning materials.
In this project, which produces learning materials that meet local needs, Fuji Xerox serves as manager and overall coordinator. We solicit sponsors who offer content based on the materials free of charge, as well as financial sponsors who cover the printing and other costs. Taking advantage of our capability to print the required number of copies any time they are needed, we print the educational materials developed with our production printers and distribute them to disadvantaged children who have limited opportunities for education in cooperation with local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and communities, thereby supporting the children's studies. We launched this initiative in the Philippines in 2014 and in Myanmar and Thailand in 2015. To support a greater number of children, we are working to invite more companies and NGOs to join us in the project. Toward this goal, we will roll out the project in other Asia-Pacific countries with a view to distributing learning materials to a total of 100,000 children by 2023.
Past Project Activities and Future Plans
In June 2014, the project finally commenced full-fledged operations in the Philippines. In fiscal 2015, we launched the project in Myanmar and Thailand while distributing learning materials to more children in the Philippines. Under this project we have distributed a total of about 3,000 workbooks with the number of employees participating in the activity totaling 213.
In the Philippines in 2014, we started the activity by distributing workbooks to 442 children in the suburbs of Manila in partnership with a local NGO, Gawad KalingaNote 1. The workbooks were created using materials offered by Gakken Holdings Co., Ltd. In 2015, we checked how the workbooks distributed in 2014 (Workbook 1: English) had been utilized, and then distributed the next workbook (Workbook 2: Arithmetic) to children who had completed the learning of Workbook 1. We also began conducting the activity in two other cities in the Philippines. We will continue to implement this initiative in a localized manner by closely communicating with local stakeholders. We are also looking at expanding the activity by partnering with more NGOs.
In Myanmar, we launched the activity by distributing workbooks to the children in a state-managed elementary school located in the suburbs of Yangon in June 2015. These first workbooks contain the mathematic drills provided by Gakken Holdings and are printed with the support from our local customers. In fiscal 2015 we distributed the workbooks to a total of three state/monastery-managed schools. We continued to brush up the content by repeatedly holding workshops with teachers who supported our activity by helping children learn by using the workbooks. We will continue distributing learning materials in closer cooperation with local elementary schools, whose curricula will be revised sequentially by the government in and after June 2016. We also plan to distribute such materials to more, mainly monastery-managed, schools.
In Thailand we began distributing workbooks to local children in August 2015. We selected the recipients of the workbooks, which were created with the support from Community Children FoundationNote 2 (CCF: an NGO supporting the development of children under the royal patronage of Princess Maha). The workbooks were printed free of charge by our local customers. We held a ceremony to celebrate the first distribution of the workbooks in August, in which volunteers from Fuji Xerox and its partner companies explained how to use the learning materials, performed music by forming a band, and painted playground equipment. Participants enjoyed the event with smiles on their faces. We have since been distributing the workbooks to more schools in cooperation with the NGO. We plan to continue and expand the activity in fiscal 2016 by collaborating with the NGO even more closely.
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In 2016 we will continue and expand the activity in the three countries. We are also looking into launching the activity in Indonesia. We will work to establish a sustainable system for the activities in each country and region by leveraging the strengths of participating companies while flexibly responding to differences in educational systems and learning cultures in these countries.
- Note 1 Gawad Kalinga is an NGO which is engaged in housing construction projects to support the financial independence of people in deprived areas. Gawad Kalinga, meaning "give care" in the local Filipino language, is currently supporting 60,000 families in 2,000 communities across the Philippines. The NGO and Fuji Xerox have had a partnership since 2007, when Fuji Xerox Philippines built the Fuji Xerox Gawad Kalinga Village. They are an important partner for this project, serving as the liaison between local communities and Fuji Xerox.
- Note 2 Officially named "Community Children Foundation Under the Royal Patronage of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn," the NGO supports the development of children across Thailand. At present it is conducting activities in 36 provinces in the country, mainly in remote areas with a great number of children who need support. In our project, the NGO is in charge of selecting the children to be supported, reviewing the efficiency of use of the distributed materials, advising on the content of the workbooks to be distributed, and producing these materials. The organization is one of our most important partners in Thailand.
2.Conservation of Diminishing Cultures and information
Reproducing Historical Documents
Under the theme of supporting communication between the ages, we aim to contribute to unearthing historical documents that could otherwise be lost, disclosing undisclosed historical documents, and passing down the lessons, wisdom and thoughts of our ancestors by applying our original duplication and communications technologies in an integrated manner and thereby supporting the reproduction and preservation of historical documents.
We replicate or reproduce historical documents which are stored in old estates, temples and shrines faithful to the originals. Access to old documents is often limited for preservation purposes. The preservation of these documents for a long period of time also represents a challenge due to the risk of deterioration and damage caused by aging. Aiming to offer replicas that can be touched and used as a substitute to the originals, the project creates faithful reproductions of the originals, reproducing their colors, types of Washi paper, textures, and bookbinding techniques. The project initially started in 2008 as a community engagement activity of Fuji Xerox Kyoto. As reproduction requests started to involve more sophisticated and more colorful originals, technology development staff also joined the project. In April 2014, we expanded the project as a company-wide initiative by setting up a project office in our major research and development center, Fuji Xerox R&D Square in Yokohama. It has allowed us to reinforce collaboration with the technical divisions to improve document reproducibility.
Project Activities in Fiscal 2015 and Future Plans
To expand these activities as a company-wide project and to strengthen collaboration with the technical departments, the second project office was established in Fuji Xerox R&D Square in Yokohama, the main base for our R&D activities, following the first project office established in Kyoto.
In fiscal 2015, we copied and donated more than 30 historical documents, such as Toji Hyakugo Mongo (collection of medieval Japanese documents) included in UNESCO's Memory of the World Register in October 2015 and materials possessed by the Maizuru Repatriation Memorial Museum.
In fiscal 2016, we will make full use of our technology for controlling the visual perception of images with an eye to substantially increasing the efficiency of digital processing, which accounts for a large portion of the historical document reproduction process.
Through these donations of valuable historical document replicas throughout Japan, we will contribute to the development and vitalization of local communities. Moreover, we plan to expand these activities overseas to further contribute to the preservation of cultural traditions.