Eco-Institutes Programme | WWF Malaysia

Eco-Institutes Programme

Fisherman for the day: 27 deputy directors were exposed to a fisherman’s life and fishing activities during a workshop.
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Sustainability through education
William Scott highlighted the dire need for environmental education research to be more impactful. He stressed the need to have “greater openness to new approaches, and different ways of thinking and working, more understanding across cultures about who we are and what we know, and a stronger research focus on the understanding the relationship between sustainability, society and learning” (Scott, 2007).

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.

Programme Contact

Johleen Koh
Manager, ESD Eco-Institutes
Peninsular Malaysia
Tel: +603 74503773
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Eco-Institutes (IPG Lestari) programme logo
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The first meeting held in March 2011, gave the participants the exposure to the programme.
Eco-Institutes (IPG Lestari) launched during Earth Day (22 April 2012) by Y. Bhg Datuk Dr Haili bin Dolhan, Rector of IPGM KPM, with Dato' Dr Dionysius S.K Sharma (second from left) and Universiti Sains Malaysia (third left), looking on.
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Eco-Institutes programme illustrates the commitment and support of IPGM KPM, towards making Eco-Institutes as a brand that is advocated, practised and adopted by all the 27 campuses throughout Malaysia.

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.
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Eco-Institutes national launch on 22 April 2012 unveils the official logo and song for the programme

A joint project with


    Teacher Education Institutes Malaysia

In partnership with

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    University Science of Malaysia


    Sultan Idris Education University


    Natural Resources and Environment Board Sarawak