The Borneo Post

Schoolkids learn about biodiversi­ty in a fun setting at SBC’s ‘Open Day 2019’


KUCHING: Hundreds of primary and secondary schoolchil­dren took part in fun-filled activities revolving around experienti­al learning during Sarawak Biodiversi­ty Centre (SBC)’s ‘Open Day 2019’ at its headquarte­rs along Jalan Borneo Heights near here yesterday.

The event was run in connection with the ‘Internatio­nal Day for Biological Diversity’, observed on May 22 every year.

SBC chief executive officer Dr Yeo Tiong Chia described the annual SBC Open Day as ‘an outreach programme to teach children about biodiversi­ty and science’.

“The fun-filled activities are meant to make them aware that there is a centre here doing this kind of research. A lot people might not know about the SBC. So this event should cater to the public and also to school-children,” he said, adding that at a higher level, SBC was conducting specific research on medicinal drugs from herbs, and also running various education programmes related to biodiversi­ty and its potential benefits.

The children participat­ed and enjoyed various exciting and hands-on activities such as the ‘Colours of Algae’, ‘The Mysterious Code’, and ‘Scent Me!’ held during the open day.

There were also exhibition booths run by representa­tives of several government agencies and also a bazaar selling farm and craft products made by the indigenous communitie­s.

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