Kesedaran Alam Sekitar, Pendidikan Awal, utusan malaysia

Semarakkan semangat kesukarelawanan

Pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) boleh menyumbang kepada usaha

Pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) boleh menyumbang kepada usaha pemuliharaan alam sekitar dengan menganjurkan program bersama komuniti.

Dalam mempromosikan semangat kesukarelawanan dalam kalangan masyarakat, pada 5 Disember setiap tahun Pertubuhan Bangsa-bangsa Bersatu (PBB) mengisytiharkan sebagai Hari Sukarelawan Antarabangsa (IVD).

IVD yang diraikan sejak 1985 bertujuan menghargai jasa dan sumbangan sukarelawan dan meningkatkan lagi kesedaran orang awam tentang semangat tersebut. Sejauh mana rakyat Malaysia menyertai sambutan IVD ini perlu dilihat secara lebih dekat. Malaysia menggalakkan aktiviti kesukarelawanan dan terdapat banyak persatuan atau kelab sukarelawan yang berdaftar pada peringkat institusi, kebangsaan dan antarabangsa.

Di Malaysia, kita nampak sumbangan kumpulan sukarelawan ini semasa negara menimpa bencana misalnya bencana banjir yang menimpa negara di beberapa kawasan di seluruh negara. Begitu juga program sukarelawan membantu geladangan di Kuala Lumpur yang telah banyak mendapat liputan media. Ada juga pasukan sukarela membersihkan pantai tempat tumpuan pelancong.

Sukarelawan bukan sahaja membantu orang yang berada dalam kesusahan tetapi banyak perkara lain yang dapat dilihat seperti kerjasama, bersatu padu, bertolak ansur, prihatin, mewujudkan masyarakat penyayang dan sebagainya, di samping menjimatkan perbelanjaan kerajaan melalui aktiviti bersepadu. Namun ada juga aktiviti kesukarelawanan seperti menjaga alam sekitar dan mempromosikan kesedaran dan amalan menjaga alam sekitar dan alam semula jadi negara.

Khidmat sukarela memang sudah dimulakan sejak di bangku sekolah lagi dan sentiasa diaktifkan. Menerusi aktiviti sukarelawan di sekolah, pelajar akan lebih prihatin dengan apa yang berlaku sebenarnya dalam masyarakat dan menggalakkan mereka berfikir dan mengamalkan perkara yang baik dalam komuniti. Dalam proses mengetahui, memahami, menghayati dan mengamalkan sesuatu perkara itu akan berlaku aktiviti kemahiran berfikir aras tinggi (KBAT) dalam kalangan sukarelawan sekolah. Di universiti juga boleh meneruskan aktiviti sukarelawan pada peringkat yang lebih tinggi. Misalnya, aktiviti bakti siswa oleh pelajar universiti yang selalu dijalankan bersama masyarakat.

Pendidikan alam sekitar menerusi sukarelawan misalnya bertujuan menggalakkan pelajar melakukan kebaikan dan meningkatkan kualiti hidup manusia lain selain daripada pelajar.

Pelajar boleh memilih satu aktiviti yang mudah dan bersama dengan komuniti tempatan seperti menjalankan aktiviti memberikan pengetahuan, kesedaran dan amalan berkaitan alam sekitar. Aktiviti sukarelawan ini selalunya tidak dilakukan secara paksaan, boleh memberikan kefahaman yang lebih kepada pelajar, mengembangkan minat dan bakat yang lebih melebihi peluang yang terbatas dalam kurikulum. Aktiviti sukarelawan selalunya dikaitkan dengan aktiviti yang tidak dibayar iaitu seseorang meluangkan masa mereka secara bebas untuk membantu organisasi atau individu yang bukan saudara mara mereka.

Aktiviti sukarelawan dapat membentuk nilai murni dalam diri seperti peramah, rajin, prihatin dalam melakukan khidmat pelanggan. Sukarelawan suka membantu untuk membuatkan perubahan dalam komuniti berkaitan, menggalakkan kebaikan dan meningkatkan kualiti hidup dari segi persekitaran dan kesejahteraan masyarakat atau individu.

Pembelajaran melalui aktiviti sukarelawan lebih berkesan kerana pelajar mudah memahami sesuatu subjek itu tanpa paksaan. Dalam kurikulum, walaupun pelajar diberikan kredit dan markah masih tidak mencapai tahap tinggi dalam pengetahuan dan penghayatan ilmu yang diberikan. Menerusi aktiviti sukarelawan dapat mengambil peluang menterjemahkan apa yang dipelajari dalam kurikulum kepada amalan peringkat komuniti.

Kajian yang dilaporkan dalam Jurnal Personalia Pelajar 2015 menunjukkan aktiviti sukarelawan meningkatkan keprihatinan pelajar terhadap penjagaan alam sekitar adalah tinggi dan pelajar sanggup menjalankan aktiviti sukarela tanpa meminta apa-apa ganjaran. Bagi yang pernah mengikuti aktiviti sukarela, mereka memahami peranan sukarelawan dan dapat memupuk minat walaupun tidak diberikan ganjaran markah atau upah.

Namun begitu aktiviti sukarelawan tentang alam sekitar perlu diberikan pendedahan yang lebih luas kepada pelajar. Memandangkan perubahan alam sekitar yang sangat mendadak dengan isu-isu yang mencabar maka usaha promosi sukarelawan alam sekitar perlu dipergiat lagi. Aktiviti sukarelawan pelajar universiti kalau dilaksanakan betul-betul mampu mengubah masyarakat.

Agensi seperti Rakan Alam Sekitar (RAS) yang dipromosikan oleh Jabatan Alam Sekitar (JAS), Kementerian Sumber Asli dan Alam Sekitar (NRE) perlu lebih agresif menstrukturkan organisasi dan aktiviti mereka.

Aktiviti-aktiviti RAS termasuklah antaranya melaporkan atau membuat aduan tentang kes-kes pencemaran dan kerosakan alam semula jadi kepada pihak bertanggungjawab seperti aktiviti longgokkan sampah yang sepatutnya dibawa ke tapak pelupusan sampah di tempat yang tidak dibenarkan, kejadian pembalakan haram, aktiviti mencuri pasir sungai, pemburuan haram dan lain-lain.

 

Sumber diperolehi daripada Utusan Malaysia Online.

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2012, Arkib Berita, Kesedaran Alam Sekitar, Pembangunan Sekolah, Subjek

Pemuliharaan hutan, alam semula jadi subjek di sekolah

11 Disember 2012, Selasa

KUALA LUMPUR 10 Dis. – Subjek pemuliharaan hutan dan alam semula jadi untuk pembelajaran pelajar sekolah rendah dan sekolah menengah terus diutamakan oleh Kementerian Pelajaran dalam pendidikan merentasi kokurikulum dan kokurikulum.

Timbalan Menteri Pelajaran, Dr. Mohd. Puad Zarkashi berkata, pengetahuan dan kesedaran pelajar terhadap alam sekitar dan pemuliharaan alam semula jadi telah diajar dalam mata pelajaran Geografi dan Sains sejak 1992.

Selain itu, kata beliau, kementerian juga menyelitkan elemen alam sekitar dan ekosistem ke dalam mata pelajaran Bahasa Melayu, Bahasa Inggeris, Pendidikan Islam dan Pendidikan Moral menerusi pendidikan merentasi kokurikulum.

”Kita memasukkan unsur seperti tuhan pencipta alam dan semesta, bumi dan alam semesta, benda bukan hidup, sumber semulajadi dan tenaga, benda hidup dan alam sekitar, interaksi antara manusia dan haiwan dan pengurusan alam sekitar.

”Bagi kaedah kokurikulum pula, pelajar dilibatkan dengan aktiviti pemuliharaan tumbuh-tumbuhan semulajadi dan hidupan liar di luar bilik

darjah. Kita jalankan aktiviti seperti ini dari masa ke semasa,” katanya dalam sidang Dewan Negara hari ini.

Beliau menjawab soalan Dayang Madinah Abang Openg yang ingin tahu pendekatan yang diambil oleh kementerian tersebut dalam mengutamakan pendidikan alam sekitar dan alam semulajadi.

Mohd. Puad berkata, dalam usaha kementerian memperkukuhkan pembelajaran bagi subjek berkenaan, kerjasama dengan agensi kerajaan seperti Jabatan Perhutanan dan Kehidupan Liar Perhilitan sentiasa dilakukan.

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2012, Arkib Berita, Kesedaran Alam Sekitar, Pembangunan Sekolah

SM St Michael Penampang wins top award in toilet competition

Friday November 23, 2012

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KUALA LUMPUR: SM St Michael Penampang is 120 years old and its toilets were in such a poor state that the students preferred not to use them.

In 2007, Marie Yong Pik Hun took over as headmistress and transformed the run-down school in the small town of Penampang, Sabah, into a nationally-recognised “Sekolah Lestari”.

“The students like using the washrooms in the school now, which are equipped with new toilet facilities, shower rooms and hair dryers.

“They have even taken it upon themselves to ensure that the toilets are always clean and in good condition,” said 58-year-old Yong, who is fondly known among students as “Grandma”.

Yesterday, the school won the top award in the Housing and Local Government’s National-level Clean Toilets Competition 2012 for having the cleanest toilets among secondary schools and took home RM3,000 in cash, as well as a plaque and certificate.

 

Yong said it had taken motivation and training to make the students realise that the upkeep of the school was their collective responsibility.

“Many of our students come from rural areas and some of them do not even know how to use a toilet properly.”

Yong, who said that this was the first competition the school had won for having clean toilets, added that the school had also adopted a more eco-friendly approach by recycling, for example, collecting rainwater to clean the toilets.

She said the transformation had created a more conducive environment suited for studying and it had improved the school’s overall academic performance.

In presenting the awards for clean toilets in nine categories including Tourist Attraction Areas, Restaurants and Public Rest-stops, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung said a cleanliness audit had been conducted on 19,338 toilets nationwide.

Out of these, he said, 69% were graded three stars and more, showing a 21% improvement compared to last year.

Chor said the ministry would be introducing a Clean Toilets Action Plan next year, which would focus on maintenance, facilities and design of public toilets.

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2012, Arkib Berita, Forum, Inovasi, Kesedaran Alam Sekitar, Pembangunan Sekolah, Program, Rencana, Surat

Thinking out of the box

Sunday November 18, 2012

http://thestar.com.my/education/story.asp?file=/2012/11/18/education/12314707&sec=education

 

<b>Doll house</b>: Nur Natasya Amera’s ingenious effort won first prize in the junior category.Doll house: Nur Natasya Amera’s ingenious effort won first prize in the junior category.

THE recent “Out of the Carton: Eco Design Competition 2012” saw many creative entries from both primary and tertiary level students.

Launched in June this year, the competition challenged participants to think differently and conceptualise recycling design ideas fashioned primarily out of used beverage cartons.

The designs had to conform to the themes of “My Favourite Toy” and “Protect What’s Good” for the Junior and Senior categories respectively.

“The company’s environmental sustainability efforts to reduce beverage carton disposal to landfills includes the promotion of extending the life cycle of a beverage carton beyond its primary use.

“The competition is one of our many initiatives to engage the younger generation and raise awareness about environmental sustainability,” said Tetra Pak (Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines) Sdn Bhd managing director Gaine Clarke.

Adding that they were astounded by the creativity displayed in the entries, Clarke also thanked the Malaysia Design Council for their support as the competition’s curriculum partner.

Pleased with the company’s efforts, the council’s senior general manager Futom Shikh Jaafar said the council is always on the lookout to support programmes and initiatives that will nurture the growth of the local talent pool.

<b>Robo-Pak:</b> Made from recycled Tetra Pak beverage cartons, the “Robot Tank” by SJK (C) Yuk Chai pupils Wong Chi Lik and Eng Chern Qi was chosen People’s Choice Award winner in the junior category.Robo-Pak: Made from recycled Tetra Pak beverage cartons, the “Robot Tank” by SJK (C) Yuk Chai pupils Wong Chi Lik and Eng Chern Qi was chosen People’s Choice Award winner in the junior category.

First prize in the junior category went to Nur Natasya Amera Azman’s “Doll House”.

The house was a beautiful piece of work crafted from different sizes of used beverage cartons.

Meanwhile, the senior category saw Malaysian Institute of Art student Lee Jie Teng coming out tops with his “Folding Night Lamp” that was inspired by a Chinese folding fan.

Top awards for both the junior and senior categories include cash prizes totalling RM8,000, as well as a local educational trip and a paid trip to Singapore respectively.

Additionally, the council also awarded a RM5,000 cash prize under a special category called “Best Potential Design”.

There were also People’s Choice Award winners for both categories, based on Facebook public votes and on-site votes during the Finalists Exhibition at Publika, Kuala Lumpur.

2012, Arkib Berita, Inovasi, Kesedaran Alam Sekitar, Pembangunan Sekolah

School wins water award

07 November 2012 | last updated at 11:30PM

By OLIVIA MIWIL | olivia@nst.com.my 0 comments

TOP PRIZE: Maintaining 21 tanks reduces monthly bill from RM3,000 to RM1,000

.Marie Yong Pik Hua (right) and Datuk Philip Lasimbang (centre) unveil a signboard signifying the school’s partnership with the Malaysian Nature Society yesterday.

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PENAMPANG: SEKOLAH Menengah St Michael has yet another feather in its cap now that they have won another water tank at the national-level Water Vision Award, here, yesterday.

Since 2009, the school has maintained 21 water tanks to harvest rainwater, helping to reduce its tri-monthly water bill from RM3,000 to RM1,000.

Its principal, Marie Yong Pik Hua, said the harvested water was used for toilets, cleaning and watering plants at the school.

“In the future, we are looking into recycling used rainwater for other purposes.

“But for now, our school’s main concern is to educate students about conserving water at school and applying the knowledge at home,” she said after receiving the prize.

Political secretary to Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Philip Lasimbang, after officiating at the conference, said the average Malaysian used 200 litres of water a day, while Singaporeans only utilised half of that.

“I am not asking consumers not to use the commodity at all, but we should minimise the usage.

“By doing so, we can also save costs in treating water.”

The school was among 17 schools in state actively involved in the Malaysian Nature Society’s Water Vision project this year. The project started in 2009 and is aimed at encouraging and inculcating water stewardship practices among young Malaysians.

2012, Arkib Berita, Kesedaran Alam Sekitar, Pembangunan Sekolah

National parks as classrooms for environmental education?

Posted on October 5, 2012, Friday

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KUCHING: Schools are encouraged to conduct field visits to reserves and national parks for their students to

heighten their awareness on the importance of conserving the environment.

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Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) managing director and chief executive officer Datu Ali Yusop said reserves and national parks could become their classrooms to learn more about the environment and conservation efforts.

“I understand that schools today are committed to facilitating environmental education for their students. I therefore encourage them to use our reserves and national parks.

“I hope schools will remain committed in making environmental education effective for a healthy and sustainable world,” he said when closing the Urban Forestry Conference 2012 at Samajaya Nature Reserve here yesterday.

Ali believed that nature reserves such as Samajaya were vital, particularly for children to acquire hands-on experience and be involved in environment-related activities to preserve Mother Nature besides serving as an effective platform to impart environmental messages to the younger generation.

“Environmental education is essential as everything we do has an impact on the environment. Sarawak Forestry’s environmental conservation education team understands this and continually strives to upgrade their skills in this area.

“We will also organise more activities to engage communities surrounding our protected areas.”

He thanked Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) for bringing the conference to Kuching as well as contributors and supporters for making the event a success.

To the participants, he hoped that they would adopt relevant ideas when implementing and managing urban parks besides improving environmental education in their respective organisations.

Earlier, FRIM head of eco-tourism Dr Noor Azlin Yahya said the conference had resolved to encourage healthy lifestyle among the communities on top of playing a role to see more sports facilities built for the purpose.

Azlin, who is also chairperson of the conference, added that environment friendly facilities and sustainable resource management would be the way forward for conserving urban forests and green space in Malaysia.

“Community involvement is equally vital as we look forward to a sharing of responsibility in promoting healthy lifestyle and human well-beings.”

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2012, Arkib Berita, Kesedaran Alam Sekitar, Pembangunan Sekolah, Program

Five schools chosen for environment programme in Baram

Posted on September 22, 2012, Saturday
by WB Ongie, reporters@theborneopost.com.

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GREEN FINGERS: Sagan plants a tree during the event. NREB deputy controller (environmental quality) Jiram Sidu is at third left.
MARUDI: Five schools under the Baram parliamentary constituency have been selected for the Natural Resources and Environment Board’s (NREB’s) Rakan Alam Sekitar programme.
The schools are SMK Marudi, SMK Telang Usan, SK Long Bedian, SK Long Teran Kanan and SK Lio Mato.
Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan thanked NREB for allocating RM30,000 for the programme, which seeks to raise awareness on the environment in schools and villages.
“With the population growing, there are also many more environment problems occurring that have affected the environment.
“These problems have become very serious and have affected global problems and this issue was discussed at the Rio de Janeiro summit in 1992 including pollution,” he said when launching the Rakan Alam Sekitar programme here recently.
Sagan called on community leaders, headmen and Village Security and Development Committee (JKKK) members to work together with the government to preserve the environment.
“Don’t throw rubbish indiscriminately including in rivers and other places,” he added.

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