60 Kids Enjoy Shell-Funded Nature Education Camps In Niah
Mar 18, 2013
Shell’s advocacy of environmental initiatives and compliance is not limited to its businesses. The company strongly supports green initiatives in the community, focusing on education and awareness in students.
As part of this, the 2013 season of nature camp or Kem Mesra Alam kicked off with more than 60 secondary students at a workshop held at Niah National Park near here recently.
Sponsored by Sarawak Shell Berhad, Kem Mesra Alam is jointly organised by various government agencies namely, Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC), Forest Department, Education Department, Department of Environment, Miri City Council, Natural Resources and Environment Board and the Northern Sarawak Journalists Association.
Shell believes that close collaboration and relationships like these underline very clearly the potential of getting the message across, that the world is demanding major reductions in the local CO2 emissions. By 2030, demand for critical resources for water, energy and food will have risen by 40-50% percent, according to UN and Shell analysis. The magnitude of the challenges means that we will need to address them intelligently and in unison. That calls for new and deeper forms of partnership between business, governments, academia and civil society. For example, energy companies may possess advanced technical knowhow, but government departments have greater expertise in regulating new technologies.
A total of 15 teachers facilitated the Niah camp, which was participated in by 9 secondary schools - SMK Agama, Kolej Vokasional Miri, SMK Lutong, SMK Lopeng Tengah, SMK Taman Tunku, SMK Merbau, SMK Pujut, Kolej TDTH Bujang and SM Sains Miri.
The students showed keen interest and enthusiasm in the environmental and nature studies during the fun, interactive and informal learning sessions. The officials from the SFC also shared some interesting information on the environmental protection and conservation, the nature food-web and the recycling efforts that everyone could play their roles in.
Participants were divided into groups and were given specific tasks based on standard modules. They also learned to identify the diverse flora, fauna and other environmental components, while observing the characteristics of plants and animals. Apart from pop quizzes, the students were also tested to identify biodegradable and recyclable from the non-reusable wastes.
The students were also brought to explore the Niah Caves and learned about the historical discovery of human remnants, the varieties of unique vegetation and the swiftlet farming activities.
2 more nature camps will be held this year in Niah and one in Lawas.
Corporate Affairs, Shell Malaysia Exploration & Production
Zulkifli Baba Noor, Zulkifli.BabaNoor@shell.com , +6019 3255222
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