9th AUGUST 2023 – This day signifies the occurrence of an educational session on rivers and water as part of the Negalitres for Schools Programme, organized by Water Watch Penang. The session took place at SK CONVENT BUKIT MERTAJAM, with the participation of 39 students from Standard 4, accompanied by 5 teachers, from 12.00 pm-1.30 pm.
Dr. Hong Chern Wern, the Executive Manager of WWP, commenced the session by providing insights into WWP’s background, objectives, and previous endeavors. He also shared valuable perspectives on worldwide, national, and community-specific water concerns, in addition to showcasing diverse water-conservation technologies. Next, he underscored the primary water-intensive activities within households and workplaces, while offering recommendations to diminish water usage. By shedding light on these insights, he aimed to foster a greater awareness of responsible water usage among students and teachers, ultimately contributing to more sustainable water practices for the future.
The students were engaged in an interactive session where they learned about water quality monitoring by comparing tap water and the polluted river water beside their school. A significant aspect of the activity involved instructing the students on conducting chemical tests using testing strips. This activity was assisted by four dedicated interns, Ms. Khairul Barieyah, Ms. Naaga Lechume, Ms. Divya Sree, and Ms. Tan Ying Sing. The students were divided into four groups and the interns facilitated the session by providing explanations to the students, aiding their comprehension and enabling them to distinguish between polluted river water and tap water more effectively.
15th July 2023: Water Watch Penang, in collaboration with Salcon Berhad, conducted the first Training of Trainers program of the year for teachers and educators at Taman Persekutuan Bukit Kiara. The program was attended by a total of 14 teachers and 2 undergraduates from various institutions: SMK (P) Taman Petaling (8 participants), SMK Puteri Titiwangsa (1 participant), Chong Hwa Independent High School (3 participants), SMK (L) Methodist Sentul (1 participant), SMK Seri Titiwangsa (1 participant), and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) (2 participants).
5 JULY 2023 – Water Watch Penang (WWP) successfully conducted the ‘Negalitres for Schools’ River and Water Education Programme for students from SK Jalan Hamilton Penang on 5th July 2023.
A total of 47 students ranging from standard four to standard six and 4 teachers participated in the programme from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm.
Clean International, which is one of the programme’s partners and funder, was also present for the talk, all the way from California, USA. The President, Ms Heather Baker, Co-Founder Mr Wally Baker and their two children (cum volunteer) Ms Alivia Baker and Mr Brody Baker came to participate in the talk and to interview the students.
On July 4, 2023, Water Watch Penang organized yet another Aquasave Awareness Education Programme for Furutec Electrical Sdn. Bhd. A total of 16 employees actively participated in the program, which took place from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.
The primary objective of the talk was to enhance the understanding of the company’s staff and empower them to adopt water-saving practices in their daily activities, going beyond the mere achievement of the Penang Green Office Certification. Additionally, the talk aimed to provide guidance to the staff on meeting the certification requirements based on Aqua Save evaluation criteria.
On June 21, 2023, a successful water/STEM education program was conducted at SMK St. Xavier (St. Xavier’s Institution). This collaborative initiative involved Water Watch Penang, the American Chemical Society USM Student Chapter (ACS USM), PBAPP, Intel Corporation, and CLEAN International.
The program comprised two sessions. First, Water Watch Penang delivered an awareness talk, followed by a hands-on learning session on water pollution and water treatment processes led by ACS USM.
During the awareness talk, Dr. Hong Chern Wern of Water Watch Penang provided an introduction to WWP’s history, goals, and previous activities. He discussed global, national, and local water crises, shared water facts, presented water conservation strategies, and addressed various water-related issues. Dr. Hong also reintroduced the “negalitres for schools” program to the students, as they are actively participating in water-saving initiatives.