Support for Educating and Developing the Next-Generation Children
We consider the sound upbringing of children, society’s next generation, as a social issue that must be addressed for the continued development of local communities, and we provide donation to support education and development of the next-generation children.
Since 2013, TOYO TYRE MALAYSIA SND BHD has sponsored a scholarship program for schoolchildren and students who are highly motivated academically but may not have access to a satisfactory learning environment due to economic reasons.
Since the beginning of the program, they offered a scholarship to 26 undergraduate students at local universities (four of them earned a bachelor’s degree) and financial assistance to 210 elementary school students in Kamunting and Taiping in the form of the Undergraduate Scholarship Program and the Student Education Assistance Program, respectively.
The recipients were chosen through interviews conducted at their homes by our employees. A total of US$249,000 has been used, mainly to pay for their books, transportation to their schools, and their living expenses.
Through the donations to support human resources development, TOYO TIRE will continue to help raise the living standards in the entire community and aid the development of the community as a whole.
In a similar vein, TOYO TIRE NORTH AMERICA MANUFACTURING INC. (U.S.) has been supporting development of people of the next generation by contributing to American non-profit organizations, including the United Way of America and the Etowah Scholarship Foundation.
In Japan, we believe it important to maintain access to skilled people for the continuity of business, as the population is expected to continue shrinking. To raise interest in the mobility industry and be of any help in human resource development, we organize tours to our Headquarters and technology centers. In FY2019, we hosted eleven high school students from the host community in support of an integrated study on deepening their insight into regional revitalization. Our staff members walked the students through the Toyo Tire Group’s business, including the North American business, branding, and community services, after which the students exchanged their perceptions of the present state and challenges of the community. They were then taken on a tour to experiment facilities within a technology center to deepen their understanding of our dedications to manufacturing. With a myriad of questions being asked and answered afterwards, the program provided the attending staff members with an opportunity to feel closer to the challenges facing the community.
Volunteering to Speak for Children of the Next Generation
It is our belief that the development of human resources who will underpin the sustainable prosperity of the auto industry is crucial to ensure business continuity and societal enrichment through mobility. It is out of this belief that we began supporting “Jonetsu Kyoshitsu (Class of Passion),” which is sponsored by the Kansai Career Education Support Council*, in 2013 by using the Toyo Tire Group’s resources to organize career talks to enhance students’ interest in manufacturing and help them to develop a career view from early in their life. In FY2019, at the request of three schools, we gave classes for a total of 94 students, including fifth-graders, eighth-graders, and international students studying in Japan. Volunteer lecturers are selected randomly from a variety of departments to meet varying expectations from different schools. Also, teaching materials are prepared in a way that the students’ needs are carefully catered to. For example, the students are asked to do quizzes and other hands-on work as they touch cut samples of tires. By having fun as they learn, the students realize the joy of manufacturing and the meaning of work. For the employee lecturers, it is an excellent growth opportunity to take another look at their own career and consider how they can communicate effectively.
We will continue supporting the class so that we can increase students’ interest in mobility and help to develop people who will lead future generations.
* An industry-labor organization in Kansai that supports career education at elementary, junior high, and high schools
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