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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 17:42

Fun Education on Environmental Protection

Written by  Koh Poo Leng, Klang / Translated by Chew Chiau Ping

With the help of volunteer Tan Chin Wah, the Head of Windmill Care Centre, Kiu Yee Ni (right) showed a table made out of cardboard to encourage everyone to recycle. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]

Tzu Chi Dato Dagang Recycling Education Centre in Klang welcomed its first group of visitors, comprising children, teachers and parents from Windmill Care Centre, since its re-opening. Volunteers educated the visitors on environmental protection through a sketch on conservation of water, electricity and food; and children were also involved in sorting recyclables.


 
Tzu Chi’s first Recycling Centre in KL & Selangor, located at Dato Dagang, Klang, had faced a shortage of volunteers since its opening in 2008. In order to entice more public members to the Centre and to promote environmental protection in the community through education, renovation work and a reshuffling of manpower were made prior to its transformation into a recycling-cum-education centre.
 
On March 25, 2015, volunteers eagerly awaited the arrival of the first group of visitors to the Centre since its re-opening. Some volunteers even took a day off from work to join the event.
 
A sketch on conservational tips
 
Windmill Care Centre aims to nurture strong moral character, self-reliance and life skills in children. Head of the Centre, Kiu Yee Ni, led 17 children along with teachers and parents on this educational outing to gain a hands-on experience on recycling.
 
Madam Kiu revealed, “Recently we have been teaching the children to care and love Mother Earth. I immediately thought of Tzu Chi as it has done well in promoting environmental protection and recycling, which is well-received by the public.”
 
She added, “Besides learning environment protection in class, an outing could connect the children to the recycling practice in society.”
 
Volunteer Chong Vee Hong energetically asked the children, “Hello kids, welcome to the recycling centre. Have you all taken your meal?” 
 
“I have taken milk.” and “I have not eaten yet…” were the innocent replies from the children, which brought smiles to all present. Volunteer Quah Eng Kwee then delivered the welcome speech.
 
Following that, volunteers presented a sketch on the conservation of water, electricity and food to instil awareness in the children. The sketch had successfully educated the children on basic conservational tips through interaction.
 
“Hi kids, what did the big sister forget to do after brushing her teeth?” asked Vee Hong in front of the water faucet. “She forgot to turn off the tap and water is wasted,” was the children’s response. He then asked, “Should we learn from her?” The children answered enthusiastically, “No, we need to turn off the tap so no water is wasted.” 
 
Madam Kiu was deeply moved by the thoughtfulness of volunteers, as well as, the overwhelming participation from the children. She praised their efforts profusely, “I am really grateful for the thoughtful arrangement. The sketch left a strong impression on the children as they could easily relate to it in their daily life. The conservational tips are very practical.”
 
Her passion in education is to raise children who care for people and Mother Earth. Sensing the importance of public awareness on environmental issues, she felt that early education in conservation is vital for children as they need to be aware of their responsibility in caring for the Earth.
 
Cultivation of environmental habits from young
 
At the end of the sketch, volunteers gathered the children to the outside of the corridor. There, the children were taught to sort out recyclables. Initially, the children were confused, but under the volunteers’ guidance and encouragement, they diligently sorted through three big boxes of recyclables.
 
One of the taller kids, Wu Jia Le enjoyed the activities tremendously. He said, “I am very happy to learn about recycling and the importance of turning off the fan and water tap.”
 
Four-year-old Jiang Li Xin, who was engrossed in the activities and was eager to speak out said politely, “The big sister taught us not to waste food and electricity. I do not waste any food at home. I received a gift from the big sister and I enjoyed coming here. Thank you.”
 
Madam Kiu found the visit beneficial for the children. She said smilingly, “I am really glad that this visit has reinforced environmental habits in the children. It would be easier for us to guide them in future.”
 
A mother, Dai Yuan Jin, took time off to join in as she felt the importance of bonding with her children. She was moved by the volunteers’ efforts after seeing how much the children had gained. For her, the first-hand experience was more convincing than teaching at home. 
 
“Kids will be bored if we keep on teaching, unlike a big environment where they can observe that everyone is doing the same. They also learnt more this way,” Yuan Jin elaborated. She practised recycling at home and has taught her kid to recycle paper until it could not be reused anymore. She agreed that environmental habits should be nurtured from young and further reinforced via the examples set by adults.
 
The two-hour visit, coupled with education and fun activities, was rewarding for everyone. Eng Kwee, who took half-day off to volunteer in this meaningful activity, felt that the ultimate goal was to educate the children about recycling and conservation.
 
He said, “We hope when the children practise at home what they have learnt today, their parents would appreciate Tzu Chi’s efforts and join us.” He hopes to make good use of the recycling centre to engage the community to participate, as this will not only protect the Mother Earth, but also build a peaceful society.
 
 
The recycling centre in the community shoulders the responsibility of protecting the environment, as well as, raising public awareness on environmental protection. Its door is always open for people of all ages who care for Mother Earth.
 
 
The short sketch instilled in the children the importance of water conservation. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]   Kiu Yee Ni said, “I arranged for this visit as Tzu Chi was the first thing that came to my mind when I thought about recycling. Environmental habits should be taught from young. We will continue to reinforce these at our Centre.” [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]

The short sketch instilled in the children the importance of water conservation. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]
 
Kiu Yee Ni said, “I arranged for this visit as Tzu Chi was the first thing that came to my mind when I thought about recycling. Environmental habits should be taught from young. We will continue to reinforce these at our Centre.” [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]
 
Volunteer Quah Eng Kwee taught the children the correct way to sort out recyclables. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]   The children were eager to get first-hand experience on recycling. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]

Volunteer Quah Eng Kwee taught the children the correct way to sort out recyclables. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]
 
 
The children were eager to get first-hand experience on recycling. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]
 
A stool made out of cardboard caught the parents’ attention; and they eagerly took a picture of it. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]   Four-year-old Jiang Li Xin shared the joy of learning about water and food conservation at the recycling centre. He was seen playing with toys made from recyclables. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]

A stool made out of cardboard caught the parents’ attention; and they eagerly took a picture of it. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]
 
 
Four-year-old Jiang Li Xin shared the joy of learning about water and food conservation at the recycling centre. He was seen playing with toys made from recyclables. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]
 
Children, teachers and parents from Windmill Care Centre took a group photo with volunteers at the end of the visit. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]   A volunteer guiding a child to place recyclables in the correct sorting bin. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]

Children, teachers and parents from Windmill Care Centre took a group photo with volunteers at the end of the visit. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]
 
 
A volunteer guiding a child to place recyclables in the correct sorting bin. [Photograph by Koh Poo Leng]