Global Technology Company Epson has reaffirmed its pledge to spearhead the adoption of green technology in education across Africa.
Epson’s Regional Head for East and West Africa Mukesh Bector says Epson views technology as an enabler, with products that are designed to use fewer resources in production, last for longer, are more easily repairable, can be re-used and are more easily recycled.
Speaking during an education technology and sustainability Stakeholders Event in Nairobi on Wednesday, Bector highlighted the importance of the transformative power of sustainable technology in education in aligning with the core objectives of the upcoming COP28 agenda. The event highlighted Epson’s commitment to integrating environmental stewardship into educational advancements, signalling a new era for youth education across East and West Africa.
“Technology is the most important weapon in the fight against catastrophic climate change. Together, we can create the solutions that people need as they act to mitigate climate impact,” Bector stated.
Research conducted by Epson in Kenya revealed that 90% of students in Kenya agree that printed learning materials help them to understand and retain information better than digital materials alone. Yet, the majority of students (77%) feel conflicted when it comes to printing materials they need because they want to be as environmentally conscious as possible.
As 87% of Kenyan students believe their learning would be improved if their place of education provided them with a more sustainable printing solution, to use less energy and create less wastage, educational institutions must have the opportunity to hear the voices of their students – to understand what could better learning and ultimately results.
The solution already exists. Epson Heat-Free printers are poised to provide this balance between our children having the best education possible, without compromising their passion to be considerate of the environmental implications of their learning process.
With Epson Heat-Free printers, energy consumption is significantly reduced, compared with laser printers, and with the option of double-sided printing, paper wastage is instantly reduced.
This suite of printers not only brings lessons to life but also serves as a benchmark for sustainability. Epson’s EcoTank printers, renowned for their high efficiency and low waste, are a testament to the company’s ethos of reducing ecological footprints. These printers are meticulously engineered to reduce energy consumption, thereby lowering schools’ operational costs and carbon emissions in line with the ambitious goals set forth by COP28 to mitigate the effects of climate change.
During the event, a panel discussion with educators, technologists and journalists focused on how Epson’s technology fosters a more sustainable and accessible educational environment. Panellists highlighted the significant role of using advanced yet sustainable technological tools to empower the youth, preparing them to be the vanguards of a greener future. They discussed the emergence of ‘green skills’ which are crucial in the context of both employment and environmental responsibility, resonating with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 on quality education.
Epson’s ongoing investments in research and development reflect a deep-seated belief that sustainability and technology must coalesce to spearhead societal change. The company continues to introduce products and initiatives that embody this principle, demonstrating a clear alignment with the environmental objectives outlined by international bodies and the local governments.
Epson is catalyzing a movement towards a more sustainable and equitable future for all learners by fostering partnerships and dialogue.