Category Archives: English based Environmental Awareness Programmes

EEP -English based Environmental Education Programme Summary

This programme is the brainchild of Datin Aseema and Puan Mazlira, our dedicated committee members, who in 2015 suggested that we had to bring our environmental programmes to our local schools on a more regular basis so that it can reach a wider audience. The usage of English as our medium of instruction was also suggested as it would help to improve our local students English proficiency.

So with the assistance of the Education department of Cameron Highlands PPD, in July 2015 our EEP programme got off the ground at the Ringlet Tamil Primary School SJKT Ringlet.

Each school programme would start off with a video/talk on envrironmental related topics such as recycling, river pollution and other environmental problems here. The presenter may be an invited speaker, our local volunteers, our committee members or school teachers. This would be followed by a discussion and Q and A session.

Then the students would be divided into different groups for the ‘workshop.’ Tasks would vary depending on their age group which ranged from 7 to 17 years . For the 7 to 9 year olds they would be given worksheets for coloring and the like. For the 10 year olds and above, they would be asked to make slogans n collages based on nature and later present their work. Facilitators are mainly REACH volunteers and teachers. Each programme would take about 2 to 2and half hours.

Sometimes we would hold other environmental activities such as art competition from recycled materials in place of the regular programme.

To catch a smile

It is always rewarding to conduct environmental programmes for our  young school children.It is such a joy  to watch kids laugh and smile, when we engage them in our programmes.dscn3535dscn3546On the 5th of October 2016, we conducted an English based Environmental Programme EEP focussing on recycling, for SJKC Tanah Rata, a small Chinese language primary school in Tanah Rata. This school is tucked in between other bigger schools and students numbered around 80. On this day, the school children were so lively that sounds of their laughter could be heard in the neighbouring schools. Oops!dscn3521 dscn3517 dscn3506

Once again trilingual Miss Melody Woon, conducted the programme. Melody is a lawyer by training but she is equally gifted in teaching, patiently coaxing answers from shy students and getting everyone to participate. She was assisted by Puan Mazlina, our committee member and her sister Cik Salwa and Miss Saras.

Upcoming activities for September and October 2016

We are pleased to announce that with the completion of the Standard 6 UPSR exams , more schools are able to participate in our programmes. Our mossy forest visits and biodiversity centre programmes are sponsored by CIMB bank, while our Community Stream Investigation and English based Environmental programmes are sponsored by HRH Tunku Imran and Mr Paul Chuah.

1.9.16 Mossy forest tour and tree planting ;SK Ringlet & SK Brinchang ;No of pax 29;Completed

20.9.16 Mossy forest tour and tree planting ;SJKC Bertam Valley; No of Pax: 20 Completed

21.9.16 Community Stream Investigation; SJKC Kea farm ; No of Pax: Whole school; Completed

22.9.16 Mossy forest tour and Bio-D Activity; SJKC Bertam Valley; No of Pax : 20;Pick up Point: Completed

26.9.16 Mossy Forest Tour and Bio D activity; SK Convent;  No of Pax: 32;Pick up Point : Tanah Rata Pasar Minggu site Completed

27.9.16 : Mossy Forest Tour and Bio D Activity; SJKT Tanah Rata ; No of Pax: 15 ; Pick up Point: Tanah Rata pasar minggu site Completed

27.9.16 English based Environmental Programme;SK KgRaja 10.30 to 12.30 pm ;Participants: Whole school Completed

4.10.16  Community Stream Investigation; SK Convent; No of pax: 32 Completed

5.10.16 English Based Environmental Programme;SJKC Tanah Rata;   No of pax: 80 Completed

18.10.16 Community Stream Investigation ; SJKC Cameron : 30 pax

11.11.16 Mossy Forest Visit and Bio D Activity; SJKC Tanah Rata;To be confirmed

 

Environmental Awareness Programme at Bertam Valley Chinese Primary School SJKC Bertam Valley

22nd August 2016-The above programme is organised by REACH ( Datin Aseema and Puan Mazlira) in cooperation with the local education department PPD and the school authorities headed by Madam Seng Wai Cheng. IMG_4349

Upon arrival at the school, which was located at the centre of Bertam Valley Village, our Reach team was greeted by a lively group of 254 students. (Widening works was ongoing at the nearby Bertam river but the local folks seemed to have taken the noise and higher amounts of dust in their stride.) Also on hand to greet them was Madam Seng, the headmistress, her group of teachers, Mr Wong Seng Yee ,our committee member who happens to be the vice-president of the Parents Teachers Association for Bertam Valley School.

Trash to Treasure Competition for Secondary Schools

8th April 2016-The event started at 8:27am with the Master of Ceremony, Dr Koh Gim Lam ,opening. IMG_9777

IMG_9779Opening speech was given by En.Embi from REACH who talked about the role of REACH in the local environmental awareness activities.

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Following this, the second speaker Ms. Vanajah gave a short speech on the importance of adopting a sustainable lifestyle. This was followed by the headmaster of SMKSAS welcoming the students and highlighting the school’s environmental efforts.

The objective of this contest was to get students to build creative inventions using recycled materials. The contest was judged by Dr. Liau, Miss Kyoko Kaibara,a Japanese long stay  resident, Mr. UthayaKumar,  and Ms. Sharon Baker.IMG_9783

English Language Programmes in the Community

Besides our school programmes ,a few of our committee members  also conduct English Language Programmes in the indigenous villages on the outskirts of town almost every week. They are mainly reading and writing lessons in simple English for children and young adults. As these programmes have been ongoing for a number of months now the turnout is usually very good. But to be effective more volunteers who can speak fluent English are needed.

So if you are visitng Cameron Highlands for a few days or you are back home for your semester break  and would like to help out do contact Dr Koh Gim Lam at kohgimlam@gmail.com  or Datin Aseema at aseema54@gmail.com

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