‘NEGALITRES FOR SCHOOLS’ River and Water Education Programme at SJK(C) Chung Hwa Confucian A & B – 2 August 2022

2 August 2022: On and on, another water education talk under the program “Negalitres for Schools” by Water Watch Penang (WWP) was successfully conducted with the students from SJK(C) Chung Hwa Confucian A and B. A total of 72 students, the majority of whom are in Standard 4, as well as a good number of morning session teachers, participated.

Dr. Hong Chern Wern, commenced the session by presenting a brief history and background of WWP as a significant introduction to the water education discussion. Then, the WWP’s intern, Hanson Yeoh, trained and delivered the sessions on global water challenges and various water-saving techniques as well as daily water consumption calculations using water bills.

The kids were informed about water challenges in Malaysia, particularly in Penang. Furthermore, the kids were introduced to water-saving kits donated by Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang (PBAPP) and other equipment to conserve water and prevent water waste, such as an automated push tap and rainwater harvesting system. These water-saving devices educated pupils about the severity of Malaysia’s present water situation, and there were many other ways to save water that can be practiced by every one of them. The students were astonished when they realized the other children from 3rd-world country faced a greater water crisis where they had no choice but to drink dirty/polluted water as their daily drinking water.

Moreover, students learned about river water quality monitoring methods, particularly the biological evaluation, in which diverse macroinvertebrates were captured to get the biological water quality index. This part is the highlight as most children were so excited that they wished to do this biological assessment in the river. In addition, the students better understood various approaches for detecting river water quality, such as physical and chemical examinations. Students were also astounded to learn that more rivers in Malaysia, including the rivers in Penang, were seriously contaminated. Other than that, students were able to calculate the daily water consumption of each family member using the data on their home water bills.

Twenty colouring books were given to the students from SJK(C) Chung Hwa Confucian A and B, respectively, who answered correctly during the water quiz. This program is in coordination with Water Watch Penang (WWP) and with the support of CLEAN International, Intel Corporation, and PBAPP.

For more information, please contact Water Watch Penang’s Executive Manager, Dr. Hong Chern Wern, at hong.wwp[at]gmail[dot]com


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