On April 19, 2024, Water Watch Penang (WWP) successfully hosted the ‘Negalitres for School’ River and Water Education Programme at SJKC Heng Ee, engaging 175 students from Standards 1 to 6 along with 6 teachers from 8.00 am to 10.00 am. Led by Mr. Hanson Yeoh, the WWP Programme Officer, the session was supported by WWP interns Mr. Dane Lim Chiu Tong, Ms. Fatin Azahara and Ms. Nur Atiqah. It commenced with a comprehensive overview of WWP’s objectives and past efforts.

The students were then introduced to the global water crisis, with a focus on the challenges faced by African nations in accessing clean water, illustrated through the narrative of “The Water Princess” storybook. Mr. Hanson Yeoh effectively conveyed the story’s message, leaving a lasting impression on the students regarding the significance of water resources.

The presentation further addressed national and local water challenges, highlighting water scarcity as a critical issue requiring community action. Penang’s firsthand experience as a water-poor state, relying on the Sungai Muda in Kedah for its water supply, underscored the urgency of addressing the problem.

Additionally, the session emphasized various water-saving techniques applicable to both the school and the students’ homes. Towards the end, students used their water bills to calculate their daily water consumption. The presentation concluded with quizzes, rewarding those who answered correctly with gifts from Water Watch Penang.

Water Watch Penang expressed appreciation to SJKC Heng Ee for their cooperation and permission to conduct this educational session 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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