Empowering Penang’s Youth: Water Watch Education Initiative at SJKC SUM MIN

On April 5, 2024, Water Watch Penang (WWP) successfully carried out the ‘Negalitres for Schools’ River and Water Education Programme at SJKC SUM MIN. The program engaged 34 students and 10 teachers from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Mr. Hanson Yeoh, the WWP Programme Officer, along with assistance from interns – Mr. Dane Lim Chiu Tong, Ms. Nur Atiqah Binti Roslan, and Ms. Nur Fatin Azahara, initiated the session with an enlightening presentation. This presentation started with a brief introduction of the organization. Subsequently, the students were introduced to the global water crisis, followed by discussions on national and local water crises.

Next, students were introduced to the global water crisis, with a particular emphasis on the challenges faced by African nations in obtaining clean water, utilizing the narrative of the storybook “The Water Princess.” Mr. Hanson Yeoh vividly conveyed the story’s content, deepening the student’s impression of the preciousness of water resources.

After that, Mr. Hanson emphasized that despite Penang’s limited water resources and the lowest water tariff, it has the highest water consumption in Malaysia. The students were introduced to the main dams in Penang, and it was highlighted that the primary sources of water supply in Penang are from Sungai Muda in Kedah. These facts enhance the students’ understanding as residents of Penang, deepening their awareness of the state’s water challenges.

Mr. Hanson Yeoh also emphasized various water-saving techniques that can be implemented both in the classroom and at home to enhance student’s understanding of water conservation. One such technique discussed was the installation of an automated push tap in the school as part of the “Negalitres for Schools Programme.”

Not only that, Mr. Hanson showcased the optimal handwashing technique, stressing the importance of using soap with the tap closed and embracing the efficiency of self-closing taps.

Quizzes were conducted at the end of the session, and students who answered correctly were rewarded with coloring books as a reward.

Water Watch Penang expresses gratitude to SJKC SUM MIN for granting permission and cooperating in facilitating this educational talk at their school.

For additional information, please reach out to WWP’s Executive Manager, Dr. Hong Chern Wern, at hong.wwp@gmail.com, or contact WWP directly at +6019-5751253.

‘Negalitres for Schools,’ launched on March 22, 2022, was coordinated by WWP in partnership with Intel Corporation and CLEAN International, with collaboration from Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP) and PBAPP. This project is fully funded by CLEAN International Inc. and Intel Corporation and is supported by the Ministry of Environment and Water and the Penang State Education Department. Local partners include the Penang State Government through Penang Green Council, PBAPP, and the Green Educators Workgroup (GREW).

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