Pupils given monthly lessons on organic gardening impart knowledge to others

Pupils turned teachers: SK Tanjung Tokong pupils (wearing orange caps) teaching visitors at Straits Quay how to make recycled self-watering planters.

SOME 40 pupils of SK Tanjung Tokong turned teachers at an environment education programme at Straits Quay in Penang.

The pupils, who honed their skills from monthly lessons and workshops conducted by the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP), in turn imparted their knowledge to the big crowd who turned up for the Think Green programme by Eastern & Oriental Berhad (E&O).

The children proudly demonstrated how to propagate herbs and make self-watering planters from used plastic water bottles.

CAP’s natural farming team was also present to offer tips on organic gardening and propagating herbs.

Among those who turned up for the recent event were 150 pupils of SJK(T) Azad, SJK(C) Hun Bin and Tadis Ar-Rasyiddin who happily picked up the skills imparted.

E&O Group corporate strategy director Lyn Chai said that for the past year, the SK Tanjung Tokong students had been learning from CAP about compost making, garden design and care, growing food, herb appreciation, natural farming and making DIY planters.

CAP is a collaborator of Think Green.

The learning sessions were conducted at Straits Green, a 1.6ha public park developed and maintained by E&O at Seri Tanjung Pinang.

“We believe the programme nurtured the children’s confidence and motivation in making a difference to the community.

“Being able to take what they had learnt and sharing it with the public is a testament that the Think Green programme has planted the seeds of change in their hearts,” Chai said.

She claimed that E&O was the only developer using a community food garden and organic composting set in an urban context to nurture eco-consciousness and community spirit.

“The public park is accessible to surrounding communities. Through Think Green programme, we will continue to roll out long-term and meaningful community engagements.

“We plan to expand the programme to secondary schools in Tanjung Bungah and Tanjung Tokong area,” Chai said.

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