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GREAT (Generating Rural Environmental Awareness Team)

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Naziha a/p Hair, one of our batchmates, is from an indigenous group that has long struggled to deal with the community's attitude toward environmental awareness. They don't know how to recycle and properly handle solid waste, in addition to lacking basic environmental awareness regarding air, water, and noise pollution. Also, she informed that the "suku kaum batek" indigenous adult community has its own specific ideology and finds it difficult to accept outsiders' opinions. As a result, we would like to help them to handle this problem by educating the community and promoting environmental awareness, particularly by focusing among children. So, we are running this project to emphasise the environmental health of the indigenous community for their social, cultural, economic, physical survival and well-being in order to increase the cultivation of natural resources and revive the environment of their village area. Therefore, we are honoured to work with the indigenous community to maintain a safe balance between the natural world and those who inhabit it.This effort focuses on the concept of fun-based learning, which uses engaging ways that include cognitive, emotional, and behavioural components to introduce young people to the importance of environmental stewardship. 

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Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI)
RM 2,677.50
Goal: RM 2,084.00
Fund Approved by MSF: RM 4,000.00

Overview of Issue / Background

Naziha a/p Hair, one of our batchmates, is from an indigenous group that has long struggled to deal with the community's attitude toward environmental awareness. They don't know how to recycle and properly handle solid waste, in addition to lacking basic environmental awareness regarding air, water, and noise pollution. 

Also, she informed that the "suku kaum batek" indigenous adult community has its own specific ideology and finds it difficult to accept outsiders' opinions. As a result, we would like to help them to handle this problem by educating the community and promoting environmental awareness, particularly by focusing among children

So, we are running this project to emphasise the environmental health of the indigenous community for their social, cultural, economic, physical survival and well-being in order to increase the cultivation of natural resources and revive the environment of their village area. Therefore, we are honoured to work with the indigenous community to maintain a safe balance between the natural world and those who inhabit it.

This effort focuses on the concept of fun-based learning, which uses engaging ways that include cognitive, emotional, and behavioural components to introduce young people to the importance of environmental stewardship.

 

Project Objectives (Vision & Mission)

  1. To raise environmental awareness among the orang asli people.
  2. To educate school children about the importance of long-term solutions that have had a significant positive impact on the environment.
  3. To develop fun based learning and hands-on activities to teach environmental awareness to school children.

Project Details (Activities and Tasks)

We would like to show our flow of activities and tasks in a roadmap form which is listed below :

I. Phase 1 : GREAT STARTING
In this initial phase of the project we want to encourage interaction by cooperating with Early Childhood Education Association UPSI and Persatuan Mahasiswa Orang Asli UPSI to raise environmental awareness among children through fun activities. The funs activities is more like ice-breaking before we start to our main agenda with is in phase 2 : GREAT Activities


II. Phase 2 : GREAT ACTIVITIES
All the activities will be under the tree around the school and will be supervise by our environment mentor. The main idea why we choose all the activities will be held under the tree is because all indigineous children more love to nature and it can make our activities will be fun and enjoy.

Example activities under the tree

  1. Activities : 

Activities 1: Air pollution: A silent Killer - The goal of this activity is to teach children about the dangers of smoking and open fires, as well as how they contribute to air pollution. To help them comprehend, a talk and creative games will be held.

Example activities 1

 

  • Activities 2: Save our mother earth - In order to illuminate the 3R principle, there is a composting technique. We'll show them how to compost organic waste in polystyrene and reuse the fertiliser that results.

Example activities 2

  • Activities 3: Awareness Deforestation Games ! -  In this activities we want to create awareness among children about deforestation by using fun based learning concept. We will play with them by using a big snake board game (dam ular) and teach them about awareness on deforestation.

Example activities 3

  • Activities 4: Oh My Ears !- This activity focuses on noise pollution and the risks it poses to both the community and the environment. In order to provide a clearer understanding to the audience, noise pollution measurement tools are used.

     

Example activities 4

  • Activities 5: Microbes are everywhere! - This activity instils in pupils the importance of keeping clean due to the appearance of covid 19 which spreads through contact and air . Students will clasp their hands at the agar plate. As a result, youngsters will be able to see hazardous bacteria, prompting them to wash their hands frequently.

Example activities 5

  • Activities 6: DIY: Mudball - In this activities, we will teach all the children how to make mudball. Soil, clay, and bokashi are used to make mudballs. It is one of the water pollution treatment procedures for stopping algae growth, breaking down sludge, suppressing infections, and removing bad smells caused by excessive levels of ammonia, hydrogen sulphide, and methane.

Example activities 6

2. Technology : All orang asli community will know about how  to use any technology that help them to conserve the environment such as by using noise control and expose them the technology that use to conserve environment around world.

3. Teaching : We will work with students and lecturers from the Faculty of Science and Mathematics, who have experience in environmental education. Students and lecturer will teach six main points (the activities) on how to conserve the environment to the orang asli community.

4. Technique : We will help them to know and learn some technique how to conserve the environment such as how to make compose, recycle and doing Mudball.

5.  Community Engagement : Connect and engage with students representative organisations for Environmental protection from Faculty Science and Mathematics UPSI.

6. Feedback and Learning through GREAT : After all the six activities have been done to the community, the Students from the indeginous school will make a long term project  on the environment and apply knowledge to schools on their own.This long term project will be held in Phase 3: Sustain the GREAT project.

 

II. Phase 3 : SUSTAIN THE GREAT PROJECT

We will collaborate with Persatuan Mahasiswa Orang Asli UPSI and University Centre of Transformation and Community UPSI to ensure the long-term viability of this initiative. This is to ensure that the project site receives the most benefit potential. Furthermore, during the final phase, we will have a long-term project (mini garden adn recyclable centre) that will focus on all six tasks that have been completed, including tree planting and a recycling programme.They can use all the techniques that have been thought during the six activities such as for composting, the fertilizer that have been produced can be used for their plants and the method of recycling they can use any recyclable thing to make a new product for their mini garden.

SK Pos Bersih one of location Sustain the GREAT project and Example mini garden / Recyclable centre

 

 

 

Expected Project Result & Outcomes

Primary school childrens around Peninsular Malaysia are the project's beneficiaries because the school has a small number of pupils, the projected number of participants is around 40 youngsters aged 8 to 12 in each school and the total of all participants  is about 200 youngsters.

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RM 2,677.50

128% of RM2,084.00 Goal

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