Gardening and upcycling were among the green initiatives introduced to early childhood educators at the Green Initiative for Taska and Tadika (GIFT) workshop.
A total of 198 taska (childcare centre) and tadika (pre-school) operators attended the workshop at Selangor State Development Corp (PKNS) in Shah Alam, which included knowledge-sharing sessions and a visit to the PKNS taska.
Shah Alam mayor Datuk Haris Kasim launched the event organised by Shah Alam City Council (MBSA), the Community Development Department (Kemas) and Selangor Taska Association.
The workshop was a component of MBSA’s Clean Zone (Zon Bersih) programme and Mini Zon Bersih Green Award (MiniZeeBee) competition by the council to ensure neighbourhoods in the city practise a green and clean lifestyle.
In his speech, Haris said the workshop was part of efforts to make Shah Alam a low carbon city by 2030.
“This campaign is the council’s ongoing commitment in educating the younger generation, teachers and parents to practise green initiatives in everyday life.
“By educating and encouraging pre-school teachers to adopt such initiatives, they will be able to nurture the younger generation to preserve and conserve the environment in the future. It is important to inculcate green habits from a young age,” he said.
Haris related his own unsuccessful gardening efforts as an adult.
“I tried gardening in my adult years but I have a brown thumb as opposed to a green thumb. Every plant I tried to grow died in my care,” he said to laughter in the audience.
“Perhaps if there were such programmes when I was growing up, they would have helped me develop an interest in gardening at a younger age.”
Haris added that space constraints should not deter the schools and centres to organise green projects. “Even if pre-school operators do not have outdoor space for a garden, they can work on indoor plants,” he said.
The GIFT initiative is the second phase of MBSA’s Green Environment project. The first phase was targeted at community members.
MBSA plans to initiate upcoming phases of the programme in primary, secondary and higher educational institutes as part of its public educational efforts.