25 July 2013
KUALA LUMPUR – Reef Check Malaysia (RCM) recently concluded its 2013 series of Rainforest to Reef, an environmental education programme for public schools. Seven camps were held for a total of 230 students from seven primary schools to educate them on the importance of the environment and empower them to be responsible stewards.
RCM’s Outreach Programme Manager Pricynthia Nesha said: “Coral reefs are a valuable resource in Malaysia. RCM is helping to raise awareness on its importance and how coral reefs can be preserved by educating the next generation. By equipping them with the right knowledge, we hope to empower them to become the future guardians of our reefs.”
The Rainforest to Reef camps target Standard five students from both island and urban schools. This year, students were selected from SK Tekek (Tioman), SK Pulau Redang, SK Brickfields, SK TTDI (2), SK Pangkor, SK Perhentian and SK Pulau Mantanani. This is also the first year that RCM worked with the Ministry of Education’s Co-Curriculum Department for a camp that involved students from several schools in KL. Activities and games were conducted to teach participants about their environment and its various ecosystems. Focusing on out-of-the-classroom learning, the aim was to encourage students to take responsibility to protect their environment.
“Every activity or game conducted during the camp had an objective, which was communicated to the children at the end of each activity. Expressing messages through a combination of fun and situational awareness will hopefully help them retain the lessons learnt,” added Ms Nesha.
The Rainforest to Reef Programme also comprise supporting activities before and after the camps to reinforce lessons taught. Lessons were adapted to meet the needs of the respective students. For example, the urban schools programme focused on issues relevant to living in the city, such as reducing solid waste disposal by recycling, as well as the need to reduce water and electricity consumption. The island schools programme would then emphasise the importance of natural resource management.
The Rainforest to Reef Programme is made possible with support from Alstom Malaysia, KPMG Malaysia, Murphy Oil Corporation and F&N Malaysia. It is also supported by the Ministry of Education’s Co-Curriculum Department.
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RCM's outreach programme manager Pricynthia Nesha teaching students at the camp
|Students new home during the Rainforest to Reef camp
Last Updated: 07 February 2014