Triple ‘River and Water Education Programme’ in a week at SK Titi Teras, SJKC Keng Koon, and SMK Saujana Indah

7-November-2022: Water Watch Penang (WWP) has conducted a river water education programme in two schools: SK Titi Teras (1st November 2022), SJKC Keng Koon (3rd November 2022) and SMK Saujana Indah (5th November 2022) under the Negalitres for Schools Programme and MBSP-Negalitres for Schools Programme respectively.

A total of 30 students from SK Titi Teras, together with more than 300 students from SJKC Keng Koon and 23 students from SMK Saujana Indah participated in this education session conducted jointly by Dr. Hong Chern Wern, Ms. Ong Ke Shin and Mr. Ooi Che Khai.

The curriculum for the education programme involved global, national and local water issues/crisis whereby countries that has experienced severe water pollution and water scarce countries coupled with climate change, were highlighted. They were also exposed to the main rivers in Penang and their river classification and contamination level. Additionally, the student learned about the physical, chemical, and biological analyses of a river that WWP conducted to determine the level of contamination. Numerous variables, such as odour, temperature, turbidity, and others, were tested. The aquatic macroinvertebrates were captured and identified using the catch-and-release technique.

Students were also shown how to save water as well as methods to detect pipe leakages. At the end of each session, a short quiz session was held to test the student’s knowledge with ‘winners’ walked away with WWP-PBAPP mugs.

In the final section calculations of each household member’s daily water consumption based on their home water bill were also taught in those three schools. For the students to learn more about water conservation and the PBAPP’s current planning on water demand management, a PBAPP water saving video was also shown to the students.

This programme is brought to you by CLEAN International dan Intel Corporation, coordinated by Water Watch Penang in partnership and supported by PBAPP, Penang Green Council, and Green Educator’s Workgroup.

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