UNESCO and Panasonic Launch Educational Support Programs for the Next Generation in Off-Grid Communities in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar & OSAKA, Japan–(BUSINESS WIRE)–UNESCO and Panasonic Corporation signed a project agreement for Myanmar
in November 2015 to promote educational support aimed at sustainable
development for the next generation of young people living in the
vicinity of the Ancient City of Bagan*1 in Myanmar, which is
currently a nominee for UNESCO World Heritage listing. The signing marks
the launch of the following joint projects today.

[Video] UNESCO & Panasonic to Donate 500 Units of “Eneloop Solar
Storage” in Bagan, Myanmar

Donation of 500 units of “eneloop solar storage”
to schools around the Ancient City of Bagan

Panasonic will
donate a total of 500 units of its “eneloop solar storage” to around 40
schools located in off-grid communities in the vicinity of the Ancient
City of Bagan in Myanmar. At present, 1.2 billion people*2,
or about 17% of the world’s population, live in areas without
electricity. In Myanmar, 68% of its population*2 is said to
have no access to electricity. Young people who live in off-grid
communities around the Ancient City of Bagan are suffering from an
educational disadvantage as they have no other choice but to study in a
poorly-lit classroom, with limited daylight hours.

Panasonic’s “eneloop solar storage” is a compact power storage system
with LED lights, which stores power generated by solar cells during the
day and provides lighting at night or for classrooms. Through this
donation, Panasonic will support the development of a school environment
where young people can study anytime of the day under safe and bright

Educational support project for sustainable
development of communities around the Ancient City of Bagan

partnership with Myanmar’s Ministry of Education, local government and
communities, Panasonic will provide support for this educational
initiative over the course of two years. Specifically, with a
view to developing future leaders of the country, an education
curriculum covering the areas of “sustainable growth,” “science” and
“society” will be created in conjunction with the Ministry of Education.
The program will be offered to young people and teachers/instructors
living in off-grid communities near the Ancient City of Bagan, who are
responsible for the next generation.

Further, in coordination with Panasonic’s ongoing Eco Learning Program*3,
an environmental education program will be conducted to raise
environmental awareness of the next generation of children and to
motivate them to take concrete action.

Based on this project agreement on the educational support, UNESCO and
Panasonic will contribute to sustainable development for young people in
Myanmar to gain academic knowledge and fulfill their social



*1   The Ancient City of Bagan is considered to be one of the three major
Buddhist temple ruins of the world, together with Angkor Wat in
Cambodia and Borobudur in Indonesia. Myanmar is aiming to inscribe
it on the World Heritage list in 2017.
*2 Source: “World Energy Outlook 2015” by International Energy Agency
*3 Eco Learning Program: Panasonic program which helps to heighten
children’s awareness and understanding to the environmental changes
and importance of biodiversity. Also it aims to promote children’s
participation in activities to improve or maintain environmental

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Storage” in Bagan, Myanmar


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preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world
considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in
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of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 1972.
For more information about the Convention, the World Heritage sites and
UNESCO’s efforts to preserve them, please visit the website of the
UNESCO World Heritage Centre at http://whc.unesco.org.

About Panasonic
Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development of diverse
electronics technologies and solutions for customers in the consumer
electronics, housing, automotive, enterprise solutions and device
industries. Since its founding in 1918, the company has expanded
globally and now operates 468 subsidiaries and 94 associated companies
worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 7.715 trillion yen for
the year ended March 31, 2015. Committed to pursuing new value through
innovation across divisional lines, the company uses its technologies to
create a better life and a better world for its customers. To learn more
about Panasonic: http://www.panasonic.com/global


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