The Eco Fest 2024, organized by the Community Service Society of University Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) in Kampar, aimed to promote eco-friendly practices and sustainable living. Water Watch Penang (WWP), led by the Programme Officer, Mr. Hanson Yeoh and assisted by intern, Mr. Dane Lim, provided water conservation insights to Utarians and the public.
Held on February 27th and 28th, the objective of the event was to facilitate discussions and exchange on environmental conservation by various environmental organization. WWP’s focused on water-related education, starting with Mr. Hanson Yeoh giving an overview of WWP’s history and goals. He distributed information about ongoing activities such as River and Water Education Programme, emphasizing the importance of assessments using physical, chemical, and biological methods to gauge river water quality. Additionally, he highlighted Negalitres for Schools, a program involving the installation of water-saving equipment and an education program to reduce water consumption, along with other CSR programmes.
On January 29, 2024, Water Watch Penang (WWP) commenced the year with the first river and water education program at the Penang Botanical Garden. SMK Abdullah Munshi, also part of the Negalitres for Schools program and the GREW Training of Trainers (TOT) River and Water Education program, participated in this educational initiative.
A group of 28 students and 2 teachers engaged in the program from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Led by Mr. Hanson Yeoh, this program received support from trained facilitators from Universiti Sains Malaysia, including Mr. Yee Jean Chai, Ms. Khairul Barieyah, and Ms. Divya. The river activity, comprising two sessions, guided participants on a hands-on journey.
On 11th December 2023, Water Watch Penang (WWP) and The Habitat Foundation successfully conducted a river and water education program for SMK Teluk Kumbar at the Penang Botanical Garden.
As the final education program of the year 2023, the Habitat Foundation organized this educational initiative as part of its Field Excursion for Penang Hill Biosphere Reserve (PHBR) Gateways, with sponsorship from CIMB Islamic. Water Watch Penang (WWP) was invited to facilitate an interactive and practical river activity, imparting knowledge on global, regional, and local water crises, and emphasizing the crucial importance of rivers as a vital water resource.
A group comprising 25 students and 2 teachers from SMK Teluk Kumbar actively participated in the program, which ran from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The program was led by Mr. Hanson Yeoh, Program Officer of WWP, with assistance from the trained facilitator, Mr. Yee Jean Chai, and the intern from CGSS USM, Ms. Durgadewi Thurairaj. Additionally, The Habitat Foundation team members played integral roles in the facilitation of the program.
On November 29, 2023, Water Watch Penang (WWP) successfully implemented the ‘Negalitres for Schools’ River and Water Education Programme at SJKC Chong Kuang. The program involved 34 students and 1 teacher and took place from 7:40 am to 9:10 am.
Mr. Hanson Yeoh, the WWP Programme Officer, along with assistance from volunteer Ms. Yeoh Zhi Ru, began the session with a presentation covering the organization’s history, objectives, and past projects. Subsequently, the students explored global, national, and local water crises, with a focus on Penang as a water-scarce state, highlighting that its primary water source is Sungai Muda in Kedah. As SJKC Chong Kuang is from the Seberang Perai Selatan (Southern) District, Mr. Hanson also highlighted water disruption issues in the area at Taman Seruling Emas and Taman Widuri. He stressed the importance of using water wisely in the affected area to ensure better water pressure. Overall, ensuring water security requires a collective effort from everyone.
The concluding event for Water Watch Penang in 2023, Escape Rooms 3.0: River, Water, and Environmental Quiz, has successfully taken place at UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College, with the enthusiastic participation of 22 teams representing 14 schools across Penang.
The primary goal of this quiz was to incorporate environmental knowledge into the ‘e-sport’ format, providing a ‘fun learning’ platform for students to interact with the quizzes. Participants faced challenging questions covering local and international environmental and water issues, calculations on water consumption, and a diverse range of general knowledge related to environment and Sustainable Development Goals. These questions were presented in different captivating ‘escape rooms,’ creating an engaging environment for participants to respond.