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Water education programme expands to southern schools

Update: March, 22/2016 - 18:50
Students join outdoor games during the launch ceremony of "Mizuiku - I love clean water," an education programme on water source protection held in HCM City today. — Photo Suntory PepsiCo

HCM CITY (VNS) — "Mizuiku - I love clean water," an education programme to promote children’s awareness of water conservation, was launched today in HCM City.

The programme will benefit some 2,400 elementary students from 10 elementary schools in Bắc Ninh, Hà Nội and HCM City with new initiatives, such as the water conservation and protection festival and outdoor activities for students.

The programme is being jointly organised by the districts’ education and training divisions and the Suntory Group and Suntory PepsiCo Việt Nam Beverage as an initiative to celebrate World Water Day on March 22.

As a unique hands-on education programme, Mizuiku combines both classes and practical activities as well as a variety of outdoor activities to educate children on the role of water, raising their awareness of the importance of water resources and water hygiene in their daily lives. The project also sponsors the installation of water facilities or renovation of rest rooms at participating schools.

In 2015, the pilot programme was successfully rolled out at six elementary schools in Hà Nội’s districts of Mỹ Đức and Thanh Oai, with the participation of some 1,600 pupils.

In Japanese, Mizu means “water” and iku means “education.” Mizuiku is a natural water education programme that has been successfully deployed in the home regions of Mineral Water Suntory Tennensui since 2004. After 10 years of operation, the number of participants in Japan has reached over 100,000 children and parents. — VNS

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