On November 15th, 2023, Water Watch Penang (WWP) successfully conducted the ‘Negalitres for Schools’ River and Water Education Programme at SJKC Chin Kwa Pantai Acheh. The program engaged a total of 22 students and 6 teachers from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Conducted entirely in Chinese, Mr. Hanson Yeoh, the WWP Programme Officer, assisted by the intern from USM CGSS, Ms. Durgadewi Thurairaj, initiated the session with a presentation on the organization’s history, objectives, and past projects. Following that, the students were introduced to global, national, and local water crises.
On November 8th, 2023, Water Watch Penang (WWP) successfully conducted the “Negalitres for Schools” River and Water Education Program at SK Teluk Kumbar. More than 300 students (ranging from Standard 4 to Standard 6) and 10 teachers, including Teacher Coordinator Cikgu Nishan Baharum (Shawn), attended this program from 11:30 am to 1:20 pm.
Water Watch Penang (WWP) Executive Manager Dr. Hong Chern Wern, with assistance from CGSS USM intern Durgadewi Thurairaj, initiated the program by outlining the organization’s goals, background, and accomplishments. The students were then briefed about the global water situation, with a focus on the challenges African countries face in obtaining clean water. The discussion then shifted to local and national water challenges, with particular emphasis on Penang. To pique the students’ interest further, Dr. Hong Chern Wern asked if Penang had an abundance of access to raw fresh water. Initially, the students believed that Penang had abundant water resources. However, when Dr. Hong Chern Wern disclosed that the Muda River in Kedah that flows into Penang, provides a substantial 80% of Penang’s water, their astonishment became apparent.
Water Watch Penang (WWP) successfully hosted the ‘Negalitres for Schools’ River and Water Education Programme for students from SJKC Kong Min Cawangan Satu, Penang, on October 9, 2023. A total of 135 students and 15 teachers participated in this program from 8:15 am to 10:00 am.
WWP’s Senior Facilitator, Ms. Ong Ke Shin, an alumna of the school, conducted the entire educational session in Mandarin. Ms. Ong began with a brief introduction to WWP, followed by an awareness session covering global, national, and local water issues. She emphasized the students’ involvement in the Negalitres for Schools program and discussed various water-saving technologies and how to use them correctly. Ms. Ong also educated the students on water-saving practices, both at school and at home. To assess the students’ understanding, she conducted a quiz, and winners received coloring books from WWP.
On October 10, 2023, for the second consecutive day, Water Watch Penang (WWP) and Xylem SEA successfully conducted a water education program as part of their CSR initiative at SMK Bukit Jambul. The program involved a total of 100 Form 3 students and teachers, led by Ms. Norasiah, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.
The session began with an opening speech from Mr. Mohamad Hapiz B Mohd Rosli, Country Head of Xylem Water Solutions Malaysia Sdn Bhd. Mr. Hapiz provided an overview of the company and outlined its efforts in addressing water-related challenges in cities and schools. He also showed a 5-minute video about Xylem’s initiative in helping a group of young Thai soccer team trapped in a cave in 2018.
Next, Dr. Hong Chern Wern continued the session by giving a brief introduction to Water Watch Penang’s vision and mission and its activities throughout the year. To kickstart the education session, he presented awareness-inducing topics about water issues worldwide, focusing on Malaysia and Penang. This session aimed to show and educate the students about the reasons to use water wisely in Malaysia, especially in Penang, which is the highest water consumer in Malaysia despite being a water-poor state.
On October 9, 2023, Water Watch Penang (WWP) and Xylem SEA executed a successful collaboration as part of their CSR program at the Botanical Garden, Penang. The program involved a total of 40 Standard 5 and 6 students, 4 teachers, and Mr. Mohd Fuad bin Hj Rosli, the Chairman of the PIBG from SK Convent Pulau Tikus, Penang. The program ran from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. In contrast to the previous iteration, which adopted a lecture-based approach focusing on water conservation, the current program consisted of a river education activity where students had the opportunity to assess river water quality firsthand.