With that in mind, WWF-Malaysia has embarked on a joint project with Institut Pendidikan Guru Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia (IPGM KPM) called Eco-Institutes Programme.
The programme which involves 27 teacher education institutes all over Malaysia is carried out in partnership with Regional Center of Expertise Education for Sustainable Development (RCE EfSD) Universiti Sains Malaysia, Univesiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) and Natural Resources and Environment Board (NREB) Sarawak.
Eco-Institutes programme was officially launch on 22 April 2012, in conjunction with Earth Day. It was made possible after the project was mentioned by Yang Amat Berhormat Tan Sri Dato’ Hj Muhyiddin bin Hj Mohd Yassin, Deputy Prime Minister who is also Education Minister in his special address speech to Ministry of Education community in January this year. The DPM highlighted the cooperation between WWF-Malaysia and the ministry’s aims at enhancing Teachers’ Profession and Services through the implementation of an innovative approach, which potentially can improve the environmental awareness and inculcate sustainable lifestyle among the campus community.
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The programme, which adopts its concept from the Eco-Schools programme, aspires to empower teacher trainees to take action on and find solutions to environmental issues within their respective campus areas. The programme introduces the seven steps methodology as a tool, to assist the teacher trainees in this exercise. The seven steps methodology, builds on the aesthetic development of its implementers by connecting their conceptual ideas to reality as well as encouraging them to put into practice the skills that the trainees are equipped, such as creative and critical thinking, problem-based learning, communication, etc.
Ultimately, it is WWF-Malaysia’s hope that the programme will inculcate positive environmental and leadership values among the future teachers towards taking action in resolving the environmental issues in Malaysia.