Teach For Malaysia promotes grass-root awareness on sustainable practices to preserve the environment
Following the unfortunate and hazardous events that unfolded at the Kim Kim River, which affected the surrounding communities, a group of 14 teachers from schools around Pasir Gudang initiated a pilot project called Project Kim Kim.
The teachers activated students from various schools around Pasir Gudang and neighbouring affected areas to dig deep and scrutinise the pollution of the Kim Kim River. Using problem solving techniques, they were able to find the cause and formulate action plans to prevent and act on any future mishaps.
One of the efforts that the teachers and students have discovered and implemented in their schools and communities are the 5R concept (Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, Refuse, Rot) which can solve just about any environmental problem they are facing. The students have reduced the use of single use plastics, produced their own organic compost, and even come up with campaigns to promote sustainable practices.
The teachers who were also fellows of the Teach For Malaysia organisation witnessed how the toxic crisis affected their communities, in particular, their students. Collectively, the project aims to provide students with tools for them to lead the way in organising grassroots movements.
Project Kim Kim also hopes to be able to help students to become aware and motivated beings in the name of safekeeping the environment. It allows the students to learn about the Whys and How’s to which negligible actions can cause catastrophic consequences to the environment.
This project is part of the Fellow Initiative spearheaded by the Teach For Malaysia organisation whereby teachers are provided a platform to address specific problems within their school or their communities.