6th SEPTEMBER 2023 – Water Watch Penang (WWP) successfully organised the ‘Negalitres for Schools’ River and Water Education Program for SMK CONVENT BUKIT MERTAJAM students in Bukit Mertajam, Penang. A total of more than 300 students from both Form 3 and Form 4, accompanied by the Principal and two teachers, participated in the program.

Madam Khaw delivered the opening speech with inspirational green remarks for the school’s embarkation in towards obtaining the Green Flag under the FEE Eco School’s Programme. Next, Dr. Hong kicked off the presentation by giving an introduction to WWP’s background, goals, and past initiatives. Subsequently, Dr. Hong led a session on water education, enlightening the students about worldwide water concerns, including topics like pollution, water scarcity, excessive water consumption, and the impact of climate change on water resources.

Moreover, the students were educated on the process of assessing the quality of river water through physical, chemical, and biological analyses to ascertain the extent of pollution. Additionally, they acquired knowledge about how the classification of freshwater macroinvertebrates can be utilised as an indicator of river water quality.

Furthermore, Dr. Hong emphasised a variety of methods for conserving water that the students could put into practice within their households, thereby enhancing their comprehension of water preservation. 

In the middle of the session, the students were treated to a short quiz session by Mr. Hanson, and the winners were rewarded with water tumblers and mugs as tokens of recognition. 

For more information, please get in touch with WWP Executive Manager, Dr Hong Chern Wern, at hong.wwp@gmail.com or contact WWP at +60 19-575 1253.

‘Negalitres for Schools’, launched on 6th SEPTEMBER 2023, was coordinated by WWP, in partnership with Intel Corporation, CLEAN International and in collaboration with Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP) and PBAPP. This project is fully funded by CLEAN International Inc. and Intel Corporation as well as supported by the Ministry of Environment and Water and Penang State Education Department. The local partners involved are Penang State Government via Penang Green Council, PBAPP and Green Educators Workgroup (GREW).

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