On 13 September 2023, Water Watch Penang (WWP) successfully conducted the ‘Negalitres for Schools’ River and Water Education Programme for students from SJKT Ladang Mayfield, Tasek Gelugor, Penang.

A total of 79 students, comprising of standard 1 until standard 6, along with 5 teachers, participated in the program from 10.30am to 12.30 pm.

Ms. Naaga Lechume and Ms. Divya Sree, both interns at WWP, but also a trained facilitator, delivered the entire session in Tamil language. They presented and discussed critical water issues, beginning with global, national, and local water crises, emphasizing the urgent need for water conservation. They also discussed various innovative technologies and methods for preserving water resources, as well as the method of monitoring river water quality.

One of the event’s educational highlights was showing students how to calculate their daily water consumption by referring to their home water bills. Teachers were also involved in this session to assist the students in this activity. Individuals who used 250 litres or more of water per day were identified as heavy water users and encouraged to investigate the implementation of water-saving measures in their homes. In addition, students were also shown PBAPP Water Saving Videos at the end of the programme to instill water-saving habits. Also quizzes were held in between sessions to gain interests, and the winners each were given Water Watch Penang’s souvenir.

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 22 March 2022, 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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