On September 25, 2023, Water Watch Penang (WWP) effectively coordinated the ‘Negalitres for Schools’ River and Water Education Program at SJKC Li Tek B. The program engaged 79 students, spanning Standard 4 to Standard 6, along with 15 dedicated teachers. The event ran from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Mr. Hanson, the program’s facilitator, commenced by providing an overview of WWP’s mission and its extensive history of water-related initiatives. He used “The Water Princess” story-telling model to explain local and global water crises, emphasizing water conservation and responsible usage. Next, natural and human-induced factors contributing to water scarcity were discussed, accompanied by visuals illustrating daily struggles in underserved communities, fostering empathy and responsibility among the students. Addressing a local concern, Mr. Hanson highlighted Penang’s low water tariff and its potential to encourage wasteful practices.
On September 23, 2023, Water Watch Penang (WWP) partnered with SJK(C) Chung Hwa Pusat for a compelling River and Water Education Programme during the school’s lively Mid-Autumn Festival Weekend Market from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. The programme attracted a diverse group of 28 participants, including children from kindergarten, primary and secondary students, working adults, and even some housewives who brought their children along.
The presentation commenced with Mr. Hanson Yeoh, WWP’s Programme Officer, providing an introduction to WWP’s historical background, vision, and its ultimate goal of fostering a water-saving society. Following this, Mr. Hanson Yeoh delved into a comprehensive discussion about the global, national, and local instances of water crises and their implications. During his presentation, he utilized the storybook “The Water Princess” to underscore the water crisis experienced by an African nation, emphasizing the importance of appreciating our access to clean drinking water every day. Notably, the kindergarten children in the audience were particularly captivated by this story.
The ‘NEGALITRES FOR SCHOOLS’ education talk, organized by Water Watch Penang (WWP), took place at SJK (T) Bukit Mertajam on September 26, 2023, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This event was attended by a total of 30 students from Standards 4 and 5, accompanied by 1 teacher, Ms. Poorani.
Dr. Hong Chern Wern, the Executive Manager of WWP, initiated the session by providing a brief introduction to Water Watch Penang’s objectives, its previous initiatives, and ongoing activities.
Subsequently, the trained facilitators, Ms. Naaga Lechume and Ms. Divya Sree, both interns at WWP, conducted the session fully in Tamil language. They explained to the students regarding water-related concerns extending beyond Penang, covering global, national, and local water challenges. They also explored various innovative technologies and strategies for conserving water resources, along with explaining the process of evaluating river water quality.
24 September 2023 – Water Watch Penang (WWP) has successfully conducted a river and water awareness programme for Penang Buddhist Association Dharma Sunday School on the 24th of September 2023. The programme was held from 10.30 am to 12 am with a total of 70 students from primary and secondary students and 4 Sunday School teachers, participated in the programme. Dr. Hong began the session by introducing WWP’s history, objectives, and previous activities. He also presented facts about water, such as global, national, and local water crises, water conservation strategies, and other related issues.
Water Watch Penang (WWP) has organized the ‘Negalitres for Schools’ River and Water Education Programme for students of SMJK Perempuan China Pulau Pinang on 20th September 2023. A total of 150 students, ranging from Form 1 to 3, along with the participation of one teacher, engaged in the programme from 2.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.
Mr. Hanson, WWP’s Programme Officer, opened the programme by outlining WWP’s goals and water-related activities. He emphasized the global water crisis and its impact on Malaysia, explaining the causes with compelling visuals to evoke empathy. Moreover, Mr. Hanson also addressed a local concern—the low water tariff in Penang and its potential for promoting wasteful water use.