Environmental Education at The Mossy Forests under the Edge Grant begins

by Cheam May Choo

15th April 2019-Sometimes ‘environmentalists’ need some encouragement too and today is such a day when we feel very encouraged. As I looked across at the enthusiastic faces of the school children before me, listening with rapt attention to what I have to say and answering with such gusto, I felt that I could do this forever.( I was giving a briefing to students from SJKC Cameron ( Cameron Chinese Primary School) on their day’s program in the mossy forests before they head off to Gunung Brinchang. This is the first of the field trips for local school children under a grant by the Edge Education Foundation.)

SJKC Cameron ( Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina Cameron ) was founded in 1936 and was so named because it is the first Chinese school to be built in Cameron Highlands. It is located in Ringlet town, where the early Chinese settlers to Cameron Highlands arrived. It is perched on a small hillock at the western corner of Ringlet town. Currently it has 197 students from kindergarten to Standard 6. 

In today’s field trip 30 students participated and the 3 teachers who accompanied them were teachers Cheaw Pey Fen, Tan Teng Wai and Wong Ting Ting.

The children were also asked to fill up a simple questionaire. Teacher Cheaw was a great help in translating some scientific terms into Mandarin.
At 8.30 am, 4 wd vehicles from Eco Cameron arrived to send them to our biodiversity centre in Gunung Brinchang. Saplings for planting included Kelat, Medang Payung, Kandis and epiphytic orchids. At 9.15am the vehicles arrived at the base of the road leading up to the BioD site. The children disembarked and carried the saplings up another 600 metres before they reached the top where the buildings were housed.

Satya, our facilitator then briefed them on the importance of the forests and the need to conserve them.

The students then proceeded to do tree planting and tying epiphytic orchids onto trees under the watchful eyes of the facilitators,teachers and volunteers.

After the tree planting activity the children had light refreshments and were given a short briefing on climate change.By 12 noon , the activity was completed. A group picture was taken at the top of the site. The children really enjoyed themselves and we hope they will take home the message ” The forests is important and needs to be protected”