Green skills, knowledge for teens

It pays to be green: Ismet Sukiand Mohd Anuar (back row, 10th and 11th from right respectively) with the winners of the Toyota Eco Youth 2015.

SUSTAINABILITY has become an important concept in economic growth and development in the world.

To instil the importance of environmental impact, UMW Toyota Motor has been empowering youths with problem-solving skills and knowledge on environmental sustainability through its Toyota Eco Youth (TEY) programme since its first inception in 2001.

The closing ceremony held in Shah Alam saw 144 participants eager to share their findings and efforts in combating environmental issues today.

SMK Tenghilan in Sabah emerged as the overall champion and took home RM10,000 in prize money.

The school also won the competition’s best presentation and best website titles, winning an additional RM2,000 for the two categories.

Its two teachers, CR Stanley T. Missun and Mohd Faizal Norwen, were named the best teachers. They were each awarded RM500.

SMK Durian Tunggal in Malacca, won the second prize of RM7,000. SMK Tanjong Chat in Kelantan took the third prize of RM5,000.

The best exhibition title went to SMK Pokok Sena 2 in Kedah, which received RM1,000.

“The Toyota Eco Youth Programme is currently in its 15th year and we hope that we can make a change for a better future,” said UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd president Datuk Ismet Suki.

“With environment being one of the three key CSR (corporate social responsibility) pillars we stand for, we are proud to say that we have been consistently upholding the Toyota Motor Corporation’s guiding principles of contributing to harmonious and sustainable development of the society.

“We are proud to say that we have been practising these principles for the past 30 years in all aspects of our business.”

The eight-month TEY programme began in February. It saw the 16 participating schools championing their own causes on sustainable environment within their surrounding communities.

The programme also saw students harnessing their research and analytical skills.

The TEY programme started with trainings and workshops where students were sent for a course on implementing the Eight-Step Problem-Solving Methodology, an approach that is practised by all employees of UMW Toyota Motor.

Thereafter, students were given the challenge to identify their cause, draft a strategy plan, blog about their efforts and present it to a board of judges.

“The future of our environment lies with our youths today.

“The programme aims to instil environmental awareness by promoting values to safeguard the environment,” added Ismet, who expressed his gratitude to the Education Ministry and the team that made the TEY programme a huge success.

“I believe that consistency is the key to making an impact to both the society and the environment.”

The winners of the TEY Programme were selected based on the following evaluation criteria: A strategy proposal that clearly outlines the problems and the suggested plan to cope with the issues; the accuracy of the implementation of steps taken by the team; originality and relevance of the project in meeting the competition’s objective and website updates including creativity, content and design.

To date, more than 200 schools have participated in the Toyota Eco Youth programme and more than 2,200 students and teachers have benefitted from it.

Present during the closing ceremony was Education Ministry Co-Curriculum and Arts Division senior principal assistant director Mohd Anuar Abdul Hamid.

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