As part of efforts to promote green awareness among children, the Green Awards honoured 20 pupils and students for their environmental-themed submissions in four categories.
The competition’s theme “Creative Youth for Sungai Klang” was focused on promoting river conservation as part of Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) River of Life outreach initiative.
The awards were conducted in partnership with Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID), DBKL, Environment Department and environmental non-governmental organisation (NGO) EcoKnights.
The main categories in the competition include “waste to art” for primary school pupils, where participants were tasked with creating art from recycled materials and a green-themed original poem recitation competition for secondary school students.
“We chose to collaborate closely in this competition in hopes of nurturing young children’s interest in the environment and provide them with green education, ” said DID river basin management division director Md Khairi Selamat at the awards ceremony in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur.
The competition for pupils and students saw 30 schools in Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam and Klang taking part, with over 124 submissions across all four categories.
Khairi said DID was committed to ensuring green education programmes for children were continuously organised as young children tend to quickly lose interest in green initiatives.
“More can be done to expand this programme’s reach to more schools nationwide to sow the seeds of caring for the environment among the younger generation, ” he said.
He also emphasised the importance of community-led green initiatives to foster a more environmentally friendly society, which were just as important as government programmes.
EcoKnights rehabilitation, restoration and conservation officer Emirul Redzuan said this year’s judging and mentoring session was held virtually, as opposed to previous years where the activities were held face-to-face.
He said the team was pleasantly surprised that there was a higher number of submissions this year compared to past years, despite the ongoing pandemic.
“Environmental NGOs have had to tweak their efforts during the movement control order and utilise social media to appeal to larger audiences, as many of our projects in the past were held physically, ” he said.