JOHOR BARU: SK Kong-Kong Laut is set to be the centre of eco-education tourism by next year and will help promote Kong Kong as one of the tourism products in Johor.
SK Kong-Kong Laut headmaster Mohd Hafidz Samsudin said the programme was initiated early this year and set to be launched in August but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said the project was a collaboration between the school and Politeknik Ibrahim Sultan (PIS) Tourism and Hospitality Department, with support from the state government and Johor Education Department.
“The idea is to open the school not only to the pupils but for the community as well
“We want the school to be recognised as a centre for information around Kong-Kong Laut.
“This will also give exposure to the pupils in learning about their environment and its surrounding ecosystem so that when older they will be able to appreciate its value and continue to protect it or find other ways to improve the area, ” said Mohd Hafidz.
He said the eco-education tourism project was also supported by Taman Pertanian Johor, Keck Seng (M) Berhad, Politeknik Pasir Gudang, Industrial Training Institute (ILP), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL).
“Kong-Kong Laut is unique compared to other tourism products such as the theme park in the city and the island in Mersing.
“Here we have fresh fruits from farms operated by Taman Pertanian Johor and visitors can go cycling in the jungle or trekking inside the Keck Seng plantation.
“They can see palm oil being processed, can go fishing out at the sea or stay for a night at the floating chalet, among others.
“University students come here to conduct environmental research, for team building or conduct community programmes.
“They usually camp in the school, ” he said, adding that the school has a sailboat out in front and that it has been transformed into a mini library and museum.
“The boat was placed there back in 2018 and is currently being upgraded.
“This is also part of contributions and efforts made by the teachers in the school who want the pupils to have something unique inside their school to boost their interest in learning about their environment, ” he added.
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