Sunday September 2, 2012
OVER 500 students from 42 secondary schools recently participated in an environment programme by Treat Every Environment Special (TrEES) in partnership with AFFINBANK.
The programme “Young Voices for Conservation”, is currently in its second year and is carried out as a competition whereby school participants will compete to be selected as one of 12 school teams to receive seed grants to implement their environmental ideas. They will also stand the chance to win prizes at the end of the programme in October.
TrEES director Leela Panikkar said that the programme was an outlet for the youth to express their energy and creativity.
To aid students in their project developments, a series of workshops was carried out over three months.
The top 12 schools were selected based not only on the proposed environmental projects, but also their financial planning for the projects.
“Teaching these children how to come up with a budget plan and practice prudent spending are the vital fundamentals of basic financial management,” said AFFINBANK executive director of operations Shariffudin Mohamad.
The selected teams will implement their projects at their schools over a period of two months.
Projects include reducing waste in the school canteen, setting up rainwater harvesting systems and collecting used cooking oil.
The 12 selected schools are SMK Sri Istana and SMK La Salle in Klang; SMK Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam; SMK USJ 8, Subang Jaya; SMK Seksyen 3 Bandar Kinrara and SMK Batu 8 in Puchong; SMK Seri Serdang, Seri Kembangan; SMK Cheras Jaya, Balakong; SMKA Maahad Hamidiah, Kajang; SMK Wangsa Melawati, Kuala Lumpur; SMK Bandar Utama Damansara 3, and SMK (P) Sri Aman in Petaling Jaya.