14th September 2023 – Water Watch Penang successfully held ‘Negalitres for Schools’ on 14 September 2023, from 10.40 a.m. to 12.40 p.m. at SK Taman Senangan in Butterworth, Pulau Pinang.

The programme was attended by 105 Standard 5 students and 13 teachers, who were instructed on water education by a trained intern/facilitator, Ms Khairul Barieyah, who assisted the Water Watch Penang programme officer, Mr Hanson Yeoh.

First, Mr. Hanson provided an overview of the history, goals, and vision of WWP to kick off the education talk. Then, he educated the students about water issues that exist not just in Penang but throughout Malaysia and around the globe. Additionally, he discussed water scarcity and conservation strategies in Penang, where a dearth of water use regulation can result in waste, unexpected demand, and other problems.

Ms. Khairul then continued the session by covering water quality assessments and river monitoring. Among the programme’s many educational highlights was a presentation about river macroinvertebrates. Nymphs of stoneflies, mayflies, and dragonflies were among the macroinvertebrates that piqued the students’ curiosity. Moreover, Ms Khairul advised the students on the importance of water conservation and offered advice on reducing water use. As a result, they are now more aware of the water crisis thanks to this education session.

Quizzes were held between talks, and the winners received water tumblers, notebooks, and shirts as prizes. Water Watch Penang would like to thank SK Taman Senangan for organising and carrying out the Negalitres for Schools Programme with WWP.

For more information, please contact WWP Executive Manager, Dr Hong Chern Wern, at hong.wwp@gmail.com or contact WWP at +6019-5751253.

‘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. Penang State Government via Penang Green Council, PBAPP and Green Educators Workgroup (GREW) are the local partners involved.

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