FIFTY eight Cadet Girl Guides and 13 Guiders from six Institute of Teacher Education campuses visited the Ma’Daerah Turtle Sanctuary in Kemaman, Terengganu to learn about the protection and conservation of sea turtles.
“As future teachers, we hope that they will share their experiences and hopefully bring awareness to the community around them about sea turtle conservation,” said Girl Guides Association Malaysia Institute of Teacher Education branch chief commissioner Joyce Ong Choon Kim.
The girls learned that they can get involved in caring for the sea turtles by assisting in the hatcheries, maintaining clean beaches and helping with marine conservation so that they can live and breed in a safe environment.
The highlight was releasing baby turtles back into the sea.
Four bags of rubbish were subsequently collected along the beach.
Branch president Dr Masitah Mohammad Yusof urged the girls to appreciate and care for the sea turtles which are in danger of extinction by keeping the sea and beaches clean.