As a manufacturer and world leader in technology, Canon supports the development of the next generation.
With the aim of helping to realize a sustainable society, Canon Group companies in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) conduct the Young People Program to foster youth creativity and expression. In 2016 we offered such programs in 12 countries*. As an example, in the United Kingdom we provided support for Creative Media Camp in partnership with the Ideas Foundation. Creative Media Camp seeks to inspire interest in and nurture talent in teenagers for creative activities such as photography, videography, and graphic arts. After attending classes taught by experts in creative industries, students participating in the camp gain hands-on experience planning an advertising campaign, shooting and editing footage, and making a business presentation. At the same time, they gain a deeper understanding of what it means to pursue advanced studies or a career in creative media. Looking ahead, Canon Group companies in EMEA plan to develop various activities for EMEA.
Canon holds environmental outreach classes under various themes, including toner cartridge recycling, to help children understand the importance of the environment. In 2016, the Canon Group held 31 classes, with total attendance of 1,849 persons, including children and their guardians.
These classes use active learning methods, providing ample opportunity for children to develop their skills in thinking, speaking, listening, and assessing. Specifically, the children are divided into teams to conduct some sorting experiments with four types of materials, including steel and different sizes of plastic. They learn how to sort these materials efficiently, making use of their special characteristics.
In 2016, Canon was recognized for this program, receiving a First Award for Excellence at the Seventh Career Education Awards held by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
Canon Inc. hosts the Light Laboratory educational program for children through a partnership with Japan Science Foundation.
The program aims to spark children’s interest in science and technology by providing a place where they can enjoy learning. The Light Laboratory explains the science behind the optics technologies found in Canon products in an easy-to-understand way, through the history of cameras and various experiments.
Held in the Experiment Stadium corner of The Science Museum (Tokyo), operated by the Foundation, around 9,300 children experienced the wonders of the Light Laboratory in 2016.
Optics technology is essential to a variety of major industries. Opportunities for the systematic study of optics in Japan, however, have been on the decline. To remedy this situation, Canon actively supported Utsunomiya University, which has a strong relationship with Canon’s Utsunomiya Office where the Optics R&D Center is located, to successfully establish the Center for Optical Research & Education (CORE) at the university. Since CORE was established in 2007, a total of 381 students have completed the optics course. In 2016, Canon dispatched nine lecturers, including three visiting professors, to enhance the educational system. Canon will continue to support CORE and the development of optics technologies.