Eco-schools unite!

The BRATs at­tended an awe­some camp cham­pi­oning en­vi­ron­men­tal con­ser­va­tion in schools.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BRATS - By SATHESH RAJ and LYE MING HAN Pho­tos by MUHAM­MAD KHALID

IN his open­ing re­marks, Muhd Fikri Bakhri, chair­man of the sec­ond In­ter­na­tional EcoSchools Con­fer­ence Malaysia, said: “Be naughty, as naughty as you can be.”

Now that’s some­thing the BRATs could def­i­nitely do. Three of us were there for the five-day con­fer­ence in Kuala Se­lan­gor, Se­lan­gor which drew par­tic­i­pants from pub­lic and pri­vate schools from around the coun­try, as well as a few stu­dents from In­done­sia and Pak­istan.

The Eco-Schools pro­gramme, or­gan­ised by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Malaysia, is part of a global ini­tia­tive de­signed to guide schools in en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity ed­u­ca­tion.

WWF Malaysia na­tional co­or­di­na­tor Thi­aga Nade­son said: “This con­fer­ence en­ables ev­ery­one to man­age their ex­pec­ta­tions when it comes to (con­serv­ing) the en­vi­ron­ment, es­pe­cially with sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment in mind.”

Stu­dents as young as 10 at­tended the camp, and they took part in dis­cus­sions based on this year’s theme, “For­est and Wa­ter”.

The dis­cus­sions ranged from the ap­pli­ca­tion of bio-en­zymes to the idea of sus­tain­able cafes con­structed com­pletely from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als.

“This con­fer­ence was run by the stu­dents, for the stu­dents, with the adults only act­ing as ad­vi­sory per­son­nel,” said Fikri.

For stu­dent Arif Muza­far Ab­dul Mushir of the Eco-School Coun­cil, it was his first time or­gan­is­ing an event like this.

“The adult com­mit­tee, teach­ers, stu­dent

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