With a global presence in our operations, we provide assistance overseas in a variety of ways, in addition to Japan.
Initiative for Addressing Educational Challenges in the Philippines through ICT
The government of the Philippines implemented major educational reforms in 2017 and has been focusing on developing human resources for the nation’s future. Nevertheless, some concerns still remain. These include poverty, difficulty in commuting and lack of parental agreement on the value of education, which often forces students to give up on attending school and graduation.
As one way to address global social problems through its business, NTT Communications entered into a partnership with the NPO e-Education in June 2018 and launched a project to resolve educational issues in the Philippines.
We are developing ICT solutions based on issues identified through interviews with the local department of education. These include online distance learning and supplementary classes that create educational opportunities for students and also the digitalization of standard teaching materials to reduce the burden on teachers. We are currently broadening our activities toward full-scale introduction of these efforts by the end of 2020.
Moreover, we will continue to help improve the educational environment in the Philippines through ICT based on a deep understanding of local circumstances and needs.
Participation in Table for Two
In March 2010, NTT Communications introduced Table for Two at its cafeterias.
Under the Table for Two system, a ¥20 donation is made for each applicable boxed lunch or meal purchased by an employee to buy school lunches for children in developing countries. ¥20 is enough for one school meal in a developing country. In this way, one meal in an advanced country is paired with one meal in a developing country.
Agreeing with this initiative at an early stage, we have participated in Table for Two for seven years, during which a total of ¥1,183,980 in donations have been made (as of December 2018).
We will continue to provide meals through this organization to school children in developing countries.
* This initiative is implemented in cooperation with Table for Two International, a specified nonprofit corporation.
Material donations from employees
The NTT Communications Group collects items donated by good-willed employees to assist developing countries through non-profit organizations. Since we travel abroad frequently for business, employees often donate their leftover foreign currency coins and banknotes, which are given to UNICEF Japan throughout the year.
At the NTT Communications Group, we have participated in eco-cap activities since 2007 with the aim of providing vaccinations to children around the world as an activity anyone can do.
This activity entails the collection and separation of PET bottle caps as a recyclable resource, which are converted into cash for vaccinations for children in developing countries. It also helps protect the environment by reducing CO2 emissions that would be emitted if the caps were incinerated.
In developing countries, 4,000 children die every day because they could not be inoculated with vaccines. Around 860 bottle caps are worth ¥20, enough to administer the polio vaccine to one child in a developing country, which could save their life. The collected PET bottle caps are recycled and reused in other products, such as industrial materials, civil engineering materials, distribution materials, ball pens and collection boxes.
As a Groupwide effort, we engage in this initiative to contribute to the world through personal action.