WWF-Malaysia Launches Eco-Schools Micro-site
In 2010, WWF-Malaysia became an associate member of Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). FEE is a non-governmental and non-profit organization aiming to promote sustainable development through environmental education (including formal school education, training of staff and general awareness-raising). It is an international umbrella organization with one national member organization per country representing FEE at the national level and in charge of implementing FEE programs nationally. It has 66 member organizations in 58 countries around the world as of 2010.
The Eco-Schools Programme is an international initiative designed to guide schools in implementing a whole-school approach towards environmental and sustainability education. Its holistic, participatory approach and combination of learning and action make it an ideal way for schools to embark on a meaningful path for improving the environments of schools and their local communities.
Globally, including at WWF-International, a strong emphasis on youth leadership in addressing environmental issues through interdisciplinary approaches and collaboration has gathered momentum. At the same time, the possibilities for such collaboration have been greatly enhanced recently with the existence of new technologies such as social media platforms. The Eco-Schools Programme, with its systematic methodology, focus on a large range of environmental issues, and emphasis on collaboration, is well-placed to cultivate youth leaders with the necessary competencies for working towards better environmental decision-making. The introduction of the programme in Malaysia is thus expected to open up new horizons in terms of engaging children and youth in collaborative efforts within and outside their school, and even across national boundaries, to address common issues of concern. The programme has come at a good time, since the technology for facilitating such collaboration is now widely available, including within the formal education institutions.
The implementation of the programme in Malaysia is supported by a National Eco-Schools Committee, made up of partners from the following ministries, government agencies, universities and organizations: Ministry of Education, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Department of Environment, , Natural Resources and Environment Board Sarawak, Sabah Environmental Education Network, University Malaya, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, University Sains Malaysia, Global Environment Centre, Friends of Kota Damansara, Yayasan Anak Warisan Alam Malaysia, Malaysian Nature Society, and Scout for Nature.
Currently, the programme is being implemented in over 50 countries around the world, involving more than 40,000 schools. Its adoption in Malaysia offers the promise of complementing the variety of environmental education efforts by various organizations that are already in place in schools. The primary aim of the Eco-Schools Programme is to encourage children and youth to actively engage in collaborative efforts to address environmental concerns with other interested parties within and outside their schools. Thus, while the process should involve a wide range of stakeholders, pupils are to play the central role in running the programme. Pupils, school communities and local communities will benefit through collaborative efforts to address environmental issues within the school and/or local area.
In 2011, the programme is being run on a trial basis for a limited number of schools. It will be opened up to more schools from 2012 onwards. Interested schools are encouraged to find out more about the programme at WWF-Malaysia’s newly developed micros-site at the address below:
or alternatively visit http://www.wwf.org.my/ to learn more about WWF-Malaysia’s environmental education efforts.
WWF-Malaysia (World Wide Fund for Nature-Malaysia), the national conservation trust, currently runs more than 75 projects covering a diverse range of environmental protection work. Since 1972, WWF-Malaysia has worked on important conservation projects, from saving endangered species such as tigers and turtles, to protecting our highland forests, rivers and seas. We also undertake environmental education and advocacy work to achieve conservation goals. By conserving our natural resources, WWF-Malaysia is helping to protect our livelihoods, food and water supply, thus securing our good quality of life and our children’s bright future. We thank our supporters whose donations enable our conservation work. If you would like to donate to WWF-Malaysia or learn more about our projects, please call: +603-78033772 or visit our website at: wwf.org.my.
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