Nikon is set to give photography classes to schoolchildren in areas recovering from the Great East Japan Earthquake that struck earlier this year.

?Nikon will provide photography classes every year in collaboration with junior high schools in the disaster-stricken areas,? says the firm in a statement released today.

?Photo books will then be created with selected photographs taken by students and presented to them.?

Nikon says it has already donated digital cameras to three junior high schools in the first phase of a project it hopes to expand in coming years.

The company plans to exhibit the images at the Nikon Plaza Sendai which is due to open in March 2012 to support and promote reconstruction projects.

The Nikon Plaza Sendai will also serve as a base for camera repairs and seminars.

In a separate move, the firm plans to exhibit photos documenting the ongoing reconstruction process.

?Through these activities, Nikon hopes that the power of photography will encourage the disaster victims and become one of the driving forces toward recovery,? adds the Tokyo-based firm.