PENANG, 01 March 2019 - The Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in Penang recently held a workshop on sustainable gardening practices. The ‘Integrated Green Garden’ workshop, which was held at the RCE Penang premises at USM, was attended by 34 teachers from 32 primary schools in Penang Island included our Kelab Sejahtera members. The workshop was also attended by four officers from Penang State Education Department (PSED).
The schools were selected by our PSED based on the green activities done at their respective schools. The teachers were explained on the integrated green garden process that could be done around the school area with limited resources and at a very low cost. The teachers were also exposed to the relationship between Integrated Green Garden concept with the water saving activity, using rain water harvesting system.
Muhammad Hafiz Ahmad, the resident RCE ‘gardening-expert’ was there to demonstrate and explained to the participants the various Integrated Green Garden initiatives.
The programme is part of a series of programme for primary school teachers conducted by RCE Penang, which has the support of UNESCO-IHP Malaysia, an organisation under the United Nations that focuses on efforts to educate the people on water and environmental sustainability-related issues.
Those who were present include RCE Coordinator, Professor Dr. Munirah Ghazali; UNESCO-IHP Deputy-Secretary, Haji Mohamad Shiham Ab Ghapar; UNESCO-IHP Secretariat, Nasarudin Nazir; Penang State Education Department representatives, Mr Mohd Faisol Bin Abu Bakar, Puan Sarimah Kassim, Cik Noor Fatirah Md Akhir, Hasbullah B. Saadudin; ESD programme facilitator, Dr. Nooraida Yakob; RCE staff and other participants.
RCE Penang is a United Nations recognised Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) that works in partnership with key stakeholders to bring about change for sustainability at the community level.