A green mission for students


STUDENTS from both primary and secondary schools in the Klang Valley should get cracking to come up with proposals for the upcoming Green Awards Competition 2010.

“There are 101 reasons to why we are doing this, like how we want to create awareness, and demonstrate sustainability when doing school projects,” said EcoKnights director Yasmin Rasyid.

Yasmin added that besides giving a chance to primary school pupils to enter the contest, it was now also open to schools in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor instead of just Petaling Jaya.

A new format was introduced this year to broaden the creativity of the students, but the organiser would keep the subject of Art and Science intact within the theme ‘Let’s Recycle’.

“In our pilot project last year, we saw many schools having almost the same concept or similar project, hence this time around we want them to get more creative with better ideas,” said Yasmin during the launch of the contest at the Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MBPJ) headquarters together with MBPJ Local Agenda 21 officer Lee Lih Shyan.

The two categories this year are the “Wildly Creative Mural” and “Totally Active Robot” where the students are required to come up with either a mural with recycling messages in it or use recycling materials to build a robot.

To be eligible, each entry sent by a school has to be accompanied with a short proposal, outlining a brief what they intend to do for their project.

Ten schools from each category will then be selected and have to go through a workshop before they are given the RM500 grant each for them to proceed with their proposed plans.

The participants are given two months to complete their projects before judging and the award ceremony take place.

“We also have consolation prizes for the most creative, inspiring, original and promising green project awards for deserving schools, where each of the winners would receive RM500 each,” said Yasmin adding that the champions of each category would receive RM1,000.

Last year’s winners were SMK (P) Sri Aman, SMK (P) Assunta, SMK Seri Utama and SMK Taman Datuk Harun.

Details of the contest and works of previous winners are available at www.anugerahhijau.my

Closing date for submission of entries is on May 30.

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