Building Paths to Improve Students’ Environmental Literacy and Skills
In 2011, the ESD programme created the International Eco-Schools Conference to provide an opportunity for students to exercise leadership skills and boost their confidence through interactions among fellow participants.
Over the last six years, the conference has received an overwhelming support from schools, teachers, students, partners and corporate sponsors. The annual International Eco-Schools Conference allows all the Eco-Schools Programme participants across Malaysia and from abroad to meet, share and exchange their school’s sustainability initiatives in a conducive environment.
Held each year in a unique and significant location within Malaysia, the conference offers eye-opening experiences for both students and teachers. In 2016, the Eco-Schools students were brought to Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) Sepilok to learn about the impact of human consumption to biodiversity and wildlife.
Last year, themed ‘Waste Management and its Impact on Nature and Biodiversity’, the conference took place in Melaka. Apart from field trips, experts from the automotive and plastic industries participated to share their initiatives on how to reduce and better manage waste, such as practicing waste segregation at source, and their effort to actively find environmental-friendly solutions and innovations.
We create this conference to give opportunity for students to share their work, ideas and passion with other students of different backgrounds. We want to build a community of young people that cares for the environment.
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FEE EcoCampus Programme
Malaysia is no different; the youth represents the biggest demographic group, accounting for half of our population. Our youths today are more informed, more tech-savvy and more connected than any generation before.
Riding on this momentum, the Education for Sustainable Development programme introduced the FEE EcoCampus. Like Eco-Schools, FEE EcoCampus is an international award programme that guides all third level institutions on their sustainable journey, providing a simple framework to help make sustainability an integral part of campus life.
Recognising the need to also empower the students beyond their campus life, the programme initiated a youth conference on sustainability called Building Bridges for Sustainable Consumption and Production (BB4SCP).
The conference’s theme is set aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals. The delegates take part in hands-on workshops, parallel sessions, mini projects, forum, round-table discussions, community service activity and field trips. Industry experts are also invited to help paint a better understanding on sustainability.
The first conference in 2016 gained participation from over 70 youths who were empowered to change their lifestyle in regards to their electricity use, seafood consumption, wood product usage and many more.
Fueled by the momentum from the first conference, the FEE EcoCampus team organised the second edition last year in Johor, which aimed to educate youths’ consumption habit in food and fashion.
The conference aims to inspire youths to make conscious decisions on their daily consumption habits by providing them with the opportunity to explore other sustainable options. To bridge the gap between consumers and producers, the conference combines a fair that featured eco-organisations providing sustainable choices in terms of products, services and ideas.
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