Green Schools

Students from 22 schools were part of the Toyota Eco Rangers Programme, a partnership between UMW Toyota Motor SDN Bhd and Yayasan Anak Warisan Alam (Yawa), which kicked off last year with a Eco camp where they learn how to care for trees and plant them in their respective schools.

This three-year programme involves workshops, concept paper presentation, tree planting, nurturing activities and networking with community and governmental bodies.

Executive director of strategic marketing group of UMW Toyota Motor Aminar Rashid Salleh at the first-year award ceremony recently said that: “As we end the first year of the programme, a total of 755 indigenous trees have been planted in the 22 participating high schools within the Klang Valley, by the students who have successfully applied the knowledge acquired from the Eco Camp Workshop.”

He also added that students will be taught on how to do labeling and inventory in the second year. They would also be encouraged to carry out nurturing activities such as composting, producing enzymes and recycling, and also networking with the community, and move towards greening their school’s environment.

Schools were presented with a RM500 grant and starter kit of weeding, pruning and measurement tools, a test kit and fertilizer recipes. To encourage the students in their endeavours,  each school is monitored and assessed every year, with awards presented to schools in various categories.

The students and teachers agreed that they had gained valuable lessons and experiences through the past year. “I’ve learnt how to plant trees correctly, know the scientific names, how to dig ponds, plan the “softscape” and the “hardscape” and even prepare presentation” said one of the participants.

She added that when she leaves school, she would still return as an alumni to finish off the programme.

Education Ministry deputy director-general (General Education Operation) Datuk Noor Rezan Bapoo Hashim said the ministry hoped the environmentally-friendly culture would extend beyond school.

“In understanding the importance of trees, comes a sense of responsibility towards the environment, not only within the school community but at home too,” said Noor Rezan.

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