The ‘Negalitres for Schools’ River and Water Education Programme has been organised by Water Watch Penang (WWP) for students of SJKC Phei Shin on 3rd October 2023. A total of more than 200 students from Standard 4 to 6 participated in the programme from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., along with 4 teachers. SJKC Phei Shin is a recipient of the Negalitres for Schools Programme registered in the year 2022 and their school was installed with water saving equipment.

Conducted fully in Chinese language, the programme was kicked off by Mr. Hanson, WWP’s Programme Officer, with introduction of WWP the organization’s mission and detailed its water-related initiatives. To instill understanding among the students, he emphasised the global water crisis, its ramifications in Malaysia, and the contributing factors, accompanied by impactful visual aids. Furthermore, Mr. Hanson addressed a pertinent local issue, which is Penang’s low water tariff that is one of the many reasons leading to high water consumption (wastage) in Penang.

Next, our WWP intern and also a trained facilitator, Ms. Tan Ying Sing explained to the students on physical, chemical, and biological aspects of river water quality. Also through interesting videos and images, they learned about the significance of macroinvertebrates in determining the health of an ecosystem of river.

Based on the Negalitres for Schools Programme, Mr. Hanson demonstrated on the proper usage of automatic push taps by playing a video that explained their role in reducing water waste. He also provided the students with insightful information about efficient water conservation techniques, highlighting the significance of prudent water usage to protect our environment.

Interactive quizzes were conducted in between the educational sessions, with WWP merchandise presented to students who correctly answered the questions. Water Watch Penang would like to express its sincere appreciation to SJK(C) Phei Shin for hosting the “Negalitres for Schools” Programme.

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