‘NEGALITRES FOR SCHOOLS’ River and Water Education Programme at SJK(C) Yang Cheng, SJK(C) Han Chiang, and SMK(L) Methodist — 8-10 August

10 August 2022: Water Watch Penang (WWP) has visited three schools to deliver a water education session as a component of their “Negalitre for Schools” programme.

On the 8th and 9th of August, 2022, the water education talk took place at SJK(C) Yang Cheng and SJK(C) Han Chiang with the involvement of 40 students each, primarily from Standard 5 and 6. On August 10, sixty high school students from four co-curriculum clubs in SMK(L) Methodist participated in the talk.

Dr. Hong Chern Wern, the executive manager of WWP, was the one to kick off the program by providing the students with an introduction to WWP and the organization’s mission and vision. Additionally, he raised awareness about the ongoing competition concerning water conservation and activities from the past that had been carried out with the assistance of various other organizations.

Mr. Hanson Yeoh continued by bringing attention to the global, national, and local water issues that are currently being faced. Next, the students were exposed to water issues, particularly in Penang, a state with a high water consumption rate but inadequate water resources. Along with the river and water education program funded by Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang (PBAPP), an opportunity was seized to show the students the most recent water-saving awareness video produced by PBAPP to educate them on the importance of conserving water and the steps to take to conserve water.

The main objective of the ‘Negalitre for Schools’ program, which collaborated with PBAPP’s program, was to introduce various types of water-saving technology and proper application techniques. In addition, the PBAPP water-saving kits were distributed to the students, and the facilitators taught them how to install them. This was intended to give the students a better understanding of the proper way to use it and how it helped to reduce water waste, as the schools’ taps were also fitted with the PBAPP’s water-saving kits, which resulted in a 20% to 30% water savings.

Before the program’s conclusion, the students were guided on how to read water meters and calculate water consumption per capita per day using their own PBAPP water bill. Some students obtained a result of more than 300 litres per capita per day for each family member, which was deemed wasteful; as a result, they were aware of the high water consumption and realized it was essential to use water in accordance with demand.

Please contact Dr. Hong Chern Wern, the Executive Manager, at hong.wwp[at]gmail[dot]com for further information.


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