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Local NGO Zero Waste Malaysia has created a series of free education modules aimed at primary and secondary school students aged 11 to 17. The lesson plans are available in 4 languages: Malay, English, Chinese, and Tamil.
The 5 educational modules raises environmental awareness, discusses value-driven development, and sustainability management specifically related to waste, written in a way that’s suitable for youth of that age.
The lesson plans focus on localized and contextualized materials regarding waste in Malaysia. It is also designed in alignment with the Malaysian Secondary School Curriculum Standard (KSSM), so they can be taught as an add-on to the existing school curriculum.
Zero Waste Malaysia is providing these lesson plans and a user guide for free so teachers or homeschooling parents can incorporate the material into their regular teaching modules.
If you would rather have someone else teach the lessons, the NGO will also be conducting free virtual classrooms under the Wira Zero Waste (W0W) project for up to 360 students from August to October 2020. They are opening slots for students to sit for the classes and educators to teach the classes virtually.
As the world feels the effects of the culture of waste in the past few decades, there is no better time to educate the younger generation about the importance of sustainability.
Malaysia’s culture of dismissing the impacts of trash results in clogged monsoon drains causing roads to flood, litter in our most beautiful natural wonders, numerous cases of illegal rubbish dumps, and even needing someone else to clean our rivers for us.
“No Littering” sign posts are taken as a recommendation instead of law, and barely any kind of enforcement takes place in the country in regards to littering and trash. Thus, children can easily pick up bad habits if they are not taught the impacts of such behaviour.
If you are interested in downloading the lesson plans for yourself or to check out the online classes, visit the Zero Waste Malaysia website for more information here.
Anne is an advocate of sustainable living and the circular economy, and has managed to mum-nag the team into using reusable containers to tapau food. She is also a proud parent of 4 cats and 1 rabbit.