Vol. 467 Apr.16 2014

More schools for more children

Two new primary schools opened in Myanmar

Since 2000, Aeon has been supporting construction of schools in the Asian region, where the educational infrastructure is not sufficiently developed. We have so far assisted in building a total of 356 schools in Cambodia, Nepal, Laos and Vietnam. Starting 2012, Aeon has expanded the project to Myanmar, planning to build 30 schools over a three year period, including the ten completed in the first year. This year, we plan to assist construction of another ten schools, using the 35,699,909 yen donated from customers last year and the contributions made by the Aeon 1% Club foundation* and the Japan Committee for UNICEF.
On March 28, 2014, Aeon Mahogany School, the 11th school in Myanmar, opened in Yangon. In celebration of the newly built school, an opening ceremony was held where Japanese visitors and local children feted together through activities such as singing and rhythmic gymnastics. Aside from the three-year initiative, in cooperation with the Japan Myanmar Association, Aeon has launched another school construction support project in Ayeyawady Division, located in the southeastern part of the country that was stricken by a massive cyclone in 2008.  Aeon Kant Kaw School, the first school in the region celebrated its completion On March 29, 2014.
Aeon will continue the school construction support project in cooperation with our customers, aiming to help forge a brighter future for children in Asia. * The Aeon 1% Club was registered as a general incorporated foundation in accordance with the applicable Japanese law, effective April 1, 2014.

Children learning hula-hooping from a Japanese gymnast