Students show special needs kids how to go green

  • Metro News
  • Monday, 04 Nov 2019

(From left) Lam, Mohd Zaini, Rosden, Dr Anuar, Tunku Saidatul, Jamsaini and Puvaneswary at the GreenWall 2.0 project launching ceremony at Special Primary School Selangor in Shah Alam.

THE annual national-level environment education programme, Toyota Eco Youth (TEY) 2019, organised a site visit to Special Primary School (SKPK) Selangor in Shah Alam where they held a GreenWall 2.0 project launching ceremony.

Incepted in 2001, the Toyota Eco Youth programme is a collaboration between UMW Toyota Motor and the Education Ministry to cultivate environmental awareness among youth. This year’s theme is “Be the Superhero to Save the World”.

The GreenWall 2.0 project is an upgraded version of the GreenWall programme implemented at Sri KDU Secondary School last year.

It is a vertical wall consisting of recycled plastic bottles used as planters and equipped with a rainwater harvesting system that provides water for the plants on the vertical wall.

Vegetables such as spring onions are being grown in the planters, while excess water is recycled to rear fishes and create a stress-free environment.

The GreenWall 2.0 concept encapsulates the idea of 3R awareness where plastic bottles are recycled, rainwater is reused and the lack of a growing space in urban communities is reduced.

Education Ministry special education department deputy director Dr Muhammad Anuar Abdullah said the project was beneficial to SKPK Selangor pupils by encouraging them to interact with nature.

UMW Toyota Motor human capital development general manager Rosden Rahmat said, “Besides creating environmental awareness for the pupils, this programme facilitates the learning of new skills such as problem-solving and continuous improvement or ‘kaizen’, which has been the heart of all Toyota business operations.”

Sri KDU Secondary School principal Lam Chee Fong said the most important value the students learned through the project was gratitude for what they had and their realisation for a need to contribute more to society.

Sri KDU Secondary School’s team consisting of Joshua Lee Chee Kin, Maryam Kamal, Audrey Yap Win Way, Sarah Nurina and Wong Shun Kit, shared their GreenWall 2.0 prototype with some of the special needs children at the primary school.

Project president Joshua, 16, said the team was proud to have learned that special needs children had no limitations and that they had a lot to offer to the community.

Sarah, 16, said the communication barrier was challenging but in the end, the pupils’ smiles were proof of success.

Also present were Selangor Education Department curriculum unit supervisor Tunku Saidatul Bariah Tunku Nizam, SKPK Selangor headmaster Mohd Zaini Miskon and UMW Toyota Motor general manager Jamsaini Jaafar as well as senior manager R. Puvaneswary.

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