Wednesday, December 6

Eco-Camp turns 82 students into stewards of biodiversity


SIBU: A total of 82 students concluded a fun and educational Eco-Camp over four days three nights at YMCA resort camp about 27 km away from here recently.

The Eco-Camp for the rural students aged 13 to 15 years accompanied by 19 teachers, ended with a fun-filled dinner party at a hotel here with the young facilitating the dinner as emcee and also as performers, which gave the participants a chance to sharpen their leadership and organizational skills.

The programme organised by the Natural Resources and Environment Board (NREB) Sarawak and sponsored by Sarawak Shell Berhad (SSB) was to encourage the culture of sustainable living among its participants through effective environmental education practices and values.

Rotated amongst the different divisions, this year’s camp targeted students from 15 rural schools and three urban schools in Sarikei, Sibu and Kapit.

Themed ‘Biodiversity’, the Eco-Camp allowed the students to participate in a variety of challenging and interactive activities designed to increase their environmental knowledge.

In addition to talks, activities included jungle night walk, environmental games, problem-based learning group activities, performances, quizzes and also soft skill development sessions such as public speaking and news reporting.

Interesting demonstrations such as paper and compost making as well as food waste enzyme production rounded up the programme.

Apart from NREB officers, invited facilitators from Sibu Municipal Council, SMK Bandar Sibu, SMK Tung Hua and SMK Sungai Merah also conducted peer-to-peer learning activities.