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