The winners: Students of SMK Bandar Tasik Kesuma, SMKTaman SEA and SMK Cheras Jaya celebrating their win
COMPOSTING their way to the top, SMK Bandar Tasik Kesuma emerged victorious in the recent Young Voices for Conservation 2013 school programme.
The programme was run by Treat Every Environment Special (TrEES) in partnership with Affin Bank Bhd.
After months of hard work, the school’s Eco-Greenator team beat 38 other school teams to win the top prize of RM12,000.
Through their project to compost kitchen and garden waste, the team reduced the organic waste disposed in their school by 50 black plastic bags monthly and they also produced more than 150kg of organic compost.
The six finalists — SMK King George V, SMK Bandar Tasik Kesuma, SMK Wangsa Melawati, SMK Cheras Jaya, SMK Taman SEA and SMK Serendah — emerged from a field that included 33 other schools in March last year.
“By competing, you have been able to discover more about yourself and what you are good at, improved your knowledge and skills as well as learned new skills.
“You have expanded your horizons, learned to work as a team, broadened your perspectives and grown as individuals,” said TrEES director Christa Hashim during the prize-giving ceremony.
Taking second place was SMK Taman SEA, which won RM8,500.
Team Froggie implemented a zero food waste initiative in the school canteen and used the bokashi compost produced to enrich the barren soil and establish an organic vegetable garden in the school.
Third place went to SMK Cheras Jaya for their resourcefulness in reducing paper and plastic waste in their canteen.
Waste that used to be thrown away was recognised as a valuable resource that could be re-used and recycled in a creative way to enhance their school gardens.
SMK Bandar Tasik Kesuma also won RM1,500 for Financial Reporting while SMK Serendah won RM2,000 for the Special Merit Award.
Under the programme, teams developed youth-based solutions to green their schools and galvanise the rest of the school community to be part of the effort.
Run as a friendly competition, the 39 schools worked hard to be selected as one of the 13 school teams in July to receive seed grants to implement their ideas over a period of two months, and the chance to win prize money worth RM34,000.
For more information on their journey, visit http://www.facebook.com/YV4C.TrEES or www.trees.org.my.