Hi­tachi cel­e­brates a decade help­ing Lichuan school

Do­nated goods have made life and study more com­fort­able

China Daily (Canada) - - BUSINESS - By FAN­FEIFEI fan­feifei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Stu­dents at theHi­tachiHope Pri­mary School in Lichuan county, Jiangxi prov­ince, wel­comed­someim­por­tant vis­i­tors last month — a group of staff from the Ja­panese elec­tron­ics gi­ant that for the past decade has been sup­port­ing the school in var­i­ous ways.

This time around, the staff brought with them eight more so­lar wa­ter heaters, as well as of­fered the chil­dren lessons in origami, the art of pa­per fold­ing of­ten as­so­ci­ated with Ja­panese cul­ture.

Es­tab­lished in 1967, the school has 300 stu­dents. Since 2006 Hi­tachi has been work­ing closely with staff there to im­prove fa­cil­i­ties.

A new stu­dent dor­mi­tory and­din­ing hall­have­been­built, and sports equip­ment, pro­jec­tors and other teach­ing aids worth 200,000 yuan ($30,800) have been bought.

Other­do­na­tion­shavein­cluded bed­ding, text­books, sta­tionery, mi­cro­scopes, mag­net black­boards, desks and chairs.

Last year, so­lar wa­ter heaters were in­stalled for the first time to cre­ate more com­fort­able liv­ing con­di­tions, and again this year, the Hi­tachi

teach­ing and

liv­ing staff brought eight more.

Mizu­moto Shinji, gen­eral man­agerofHi­tachi(China) Ltd, said: “It ismy first time vis­it­ing the school and I am de­lighted and ex­cited to be here.

“Be­fore I set off, I looked at pho­tos of the school 10 years ago. At that time, its re­sources were very lim­ited, which had an ad­verse ef­fect on teach­ing stan­dards.”

He said Hi­tachi had since been mak­ing ev­ery ef­fort to im­prove liv­ing and teach­ing con­di­tions at the school.

“The wa­ter heaters, for in­stance, al­low teach­ers and stu­dents to take a warm bath dur­ing the win­ters, and for them to live and study more com­fort­ably,” said Shinji.

“Most of the do­na­tions come from Hi­tachi em­ploy­ees in China, and we re­ally hope our ef­forts help to in­ject vigor and vi­tal­ity into the school.”

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Vol­un­teers from Hi­tachi give an origami class to stu­dents at Hi­tachi Hope Pri­mary School in Lichuan county, Jiangxi prov­ince.

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