KOTA KINABALU: Several hundred pupils of SK(C) Anglo Chinese here are cultivating organic oyster mushrooms in their school.
Over 500 pupils from Year Four, Five and Six are involved in the project, led by teacher Chua Khen Leong.
They started off with just 250 bottles of seedlings but the number has grown to 3,500.
“We make use of technology to monitor the temperature and humidity of the cultivation room.
“Through a special app on the phone, we can click on a button to adjust the temperature and humidity for the mushrooms’ optimum growth,” said Chua.
In the cultivation room, bottles of seedlings can be seen stacked neatly on racks and left to grow.
They take about a week to mature and are then harvested and sold. Proceeds are used by the school for their activities.
Datuk Yap Yun Fook contributed 500 bottles of mushroom seedlings to the school.
Sabah MCA Wanita deputy chief Dr Pamela Yong who was present to launch the project, commended the school for encouraging creativity and entrepreneurship among children.
“Academic excellence does not guarantee a person’s future, we need creativity, innovation and extra-curricular activities,” she said.