Eco-Wudhu’: Green Practices of Islamic Ablution – 19th August 2023, Sekolah Kebangsaan Bayan Baru

Water Watch Penang (WWP) through Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) has organized a sustainability-based project “Eco-Wudhu’: Green Practices of Islamic Ablution” at SK Bayan Baru.

The program was led by Dr. Mohd Amirul bin Mahamud, who is a committee member of Water Watch Penang as well as Senior Lecturer from School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia.

The main objective was to promote ways of saving water while performing ablution.

The program consists of

  • Chaning all traditional ablution taps to water saving taps
  • Conducting Eco-Wudhu’s practice training and water saving awareness campaign, and
  • Creating Eco-Wudhu’s banner at the school’s prayer hall (Surau sekolah)
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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. 

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On 2nd August 2023, Water Watch Penang (WWP) organized an educational program on rivers and water at SK Dato Kramat as part of the Negalitres for Schools Programme. The program was attended by a total of 300 students from Standard 4, 5, and 6, along with 5 teachers. Dr. Hong Chern Wern, the executive manager of Water Watch Penang, conducted the education session in Bahasa Melayu.

During the session, Dr. Hong began by introducing WWP’s history, objectives, and past activities. He also presented various water-related facts, including global, national, and local water crises, water conservation strategies, and other related issues.

Furthermore, Dr. Hong taught the students how to calculate their household’s daily water consumption from the water bill, enabling them to understand their water usage. He also provided tips on how to conserve water at both school and home while emphasizing the importance of using water wisely for environmental preservation.

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Double Negalitres for Schools Programme – 20th to 22nd July 2023

22 JULY 2023 – This week marks two education session under the Negalitres for Schools Programme conducted by Water Watch Penang.

The first education session was conducted at SK St. Mark on the 20th July 2023, attended by a total of 33 students from Standard 6 together with 3 teachers, while the second education session was conducted at SMK Datuk Hj. Mohd. Nor Ahmad on the 22nd July 2023 attended by a total number of 42 students and 3 teachers from the Eco Team.

SK St. Mark
SMK Datuk Hj. Mohd. Nor Ahmad

As usual, WWP Executive Manager Dr Hong Chern Wern commenced the talk by introducing WWP’s history, goals, and past activities. He also presented some water facts, the global, national and local water crisis, water conservation strategies, and other water-related issues.

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Water Watch Penang – ‘Negalitres’ – ACS-USM STEM Water Education Programme at SMK St. Xavier (St Xavier’s Institution)

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.

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