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Making and Donating Lao Picture Books

The OKI Group, in cooperation with the NPO Action with Lao Children, sponsors an event to create and donate picture books in the Lao language every year. During the event, participants add Lao translations to Japanese picture books,  and learn about Lao culture.


July 14, 2018

In FY2020, as part of efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, participants prepared translations from home for the first time. This approach also happened to make participation easier across the country for employees who had previously been unable to come in person to the venue.
The event marked the 21st time the OKI Group has engaged in this effort. To date, the OKI Group has created 1,423 picture books in the Lao language.


Add Lao translations to Japanese picture books

Activities of special subsidiary company OKI WorkWel
—State-of-the-art initiatives starting with employment of those with disabilities

① Remote social studies field trips
In cooperation with special needs schools across Japan, OKI WorkWel provides remote social studies field trips for children and students unable to participate in physical field trips due to illness or injury.
Harnessing OKI WorkWel’s remote class solutions and other technologies, these activities involve distributing to these and other special needs schools video and audio on nearby noted places, historical sites, and other interesting aspects of the local community as field trip subjects. Children and students unable to go out can benefit from these virtual field trips while remaining inside their school.

Date Distribution location Participants Field trip subject
October 15, 2020 Nara Prefectural Asuka Special Needs School 170 students from 14 schools Ancient burial mounds in Asuka, Nara Prefecture
October 8, 2019 Shimane Prefectural Oki Special Needs School 120 students from 10 schools Exploring the earth’s mysteries (Oki Islands Geopark)
July 3, 2019 National Astronomical Observatory of Japan 31 students from 3 hospitals (In-hospital classes) Virtual space voyage

② Remote on-the-job training
Remote on-the-job training allows students at special needs schools to experience working without commuting (working from home).
The program instructors are OKI WorkWel employees who work from home due to severe disabilities. Drawing on their own experience and background, these instructors reach out to students from their home across computer networks and give guidance about communication skills—skills that are especially vital when working from home—as well as IT skills related to document preparation and other tasks, while also providing practical exercises.

Fiscal year Implementing schools Participants
FY2020 22 schools 47 students
FY2019 18 schools 29 students

③ Visiting courses for special needs schools
This new career education program for students of special needs schools and their guardians is provided through visiting courses for schools that request them.
The courses introduce diverse IT-based work styles for those with disabilities and provide students with opportunities to experience what remote work is like, through interactions with OKI WorkWel employees who work from home participating via computer networks using remote communication systems.

Fiscal year Implementing schools Participants
FY2020 3 schools 85 students
FY2019 9 schools 88 students

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