Awards finalists to focus on clean rivers

Sixteen teams from 10 schools in the Klang Valley will be competing in the finals of Anugerah Hijau 2019. — Photos: LOW LAY PHON

SIXTEEN teams from several secondary schools in the Klang Valley have made it as finalists of the annual Anugerah Hijau (Green Awards) organised by environmental non-profit organisation EcoKnights.

With this year’s theme of “Pelindung Sungai Kelang”,the 48 students from 10 schools will be coming up with innovative ideas on cleaning up and beautifying rivers in the Klang Valley.

Two categories have been introduced this year: Totally Active (focusing on waste management in schools) and Absolutely Creative (producing a short film about rivers).

EcoKnights programme director Fadly Bakhtiar hoped that the

competition would encourage creative thinking in addressing issues related to river pollution.

“We have organised these awards for the past 11 years to involve students in helping to save the environment.

Anugerah Hijau participants picking up rubbish during the workshop in Gombak.Anugerah Hijau participants picking up rubbish during the workshop in Gombak.

“For the past three years,we have focused on educating them about the importance of rivers.

“We hope this year we will see new ideas and initiatives that could be carried out in their individual schools,” he said at the launch of Anugerah Hijau 2019 which was followed by a workshop at Jungle Lodge Alang Sedayu in Gombak.

The awards is one of the programmes under the River of Life spearheaded by the Federal Territories Ministry and Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID).

DID River Basin Management Division director Md Khairi Selamat said these types of programmes would help raise the quality and standard of ideas in helping to save the environment.

The schools which made it to the finals are SMK Taman Kosas,SMK Shah Alam,SMK Seri Ampang,SMK Dato Ahmad Razali,SMK Darul Ehsan,SM Sains Alam Shah,SMK Kepong,SMK Aminuddin Baki,SMK Sungai Besi and SMK Dato Onn.

The finalists will be given until October to complete their projects before judging and the awards ceremony takes place. The finals will be held in conjunction with the Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival.

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