Youth Groups is a new target group of Penchala River Education Programme in 2016, with the aim to train youths to become teachers and educators that can apply environmental elements into their activities and programmes.
Educational, Welfare and Research Foundation (E.W.R.F)
The recent activity of the new target group featured youth volunteers from Educational, Welfare and Research Foundation (E.W.R.F) participating in a three-day environmental camp. A total of 55 volunteers from E.W.R.F and 15 youths from Sungai Kinta participated in the Environmental Training of Trainers (TOT) Camp for Youths from 27th to 29th May 2016.
The key activities focusing on environmental skills include:
RIVER Ranger - Trekking and training on physical, chemical and biological monitoring at the source of Penchala river (Taman Rimba Bukit Kiara; Taman Tun Dr Ismail)
DRH2O - Focusing on water conservation skills with exposure to water auditing, water saving gadgets and the water footrpint/virtual water concept
SMART Ranger - Focusing on solid waste management with exposure to soap and candle making from used cooking oil, composting, garbage enzyme, art of recycling and nature handicrafts.
Apart from training activities, the camp also allowed the participants to show their talents during the "Environmental & Art Performance".The participants worked together to perform a short drama on stage that infuses environmental elements. An entertaining game of "Captain Ball" was played on the penultimate day of the three-day camp before prizes were given to reward the participants.
In overall the camp was a success and an eye-opener to most who have not experienced hands-on environmental skills with the ultimate hope of establishing a good partnership with E.W.R.F to establish potential environmental initiatives.
Group photo with all the camp participants and facilitators
The "Captain Ball" Game
Team sampling during chemical monitoring of the stream
Environmental & Art Performance
Care2Run Universiti Malaya
Care2Run is a physical literacy programme conductedby a group of volunteers using sports and psychology to build character and inspire youngsters from diverse backgrounds to lead an active and healthier lifestyle. Care2Run invited W.A.T.E.R Project for their environment- themed programme involving youth and children of special needs from different schools. It was held on 3rd December 2016 at the Rimba Ilmu Botanical Gardens within the vicinity of University Malaya. Participants were exposed to river monitoring activities as well as listening to the voice of the stream and river education. A ‘Trash to Treasure’ section featuring soap and candle making using used cooking oil was also exhibited for teachers and parents.